A federal appeals court on Thursday granted Utah a stay in a ruling ordering the state to recognize the marriages of more than 1,300 gay and lesbian couples who exchanged vows during the 17-day window when such unions were legal in the state.

“We grant a temporary stay of the district court's order,” the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals said in its 1-page ruling. “The temporary stay will be in effect until further order of this court.”

In a 75-page ruling handed down May 19, U.S. District Court Judge Dale Kimball said the state's refusal to recognize the marriages of gay couples married after a federal judge overturned Utah's ban on December 20 causes harm to the families.

“These legal uncertainties and lost rights cause harm each day that the marriage is not recognized,” Kimball wrote.

Kimball's ruling was set to take effect on Monday.

On Wednesday, Governor Gary Herbert and state Attorney General Sean Reyes, both Republicans, announced they would appeal Kimball's ruling.

Plaintiffs in the case, four gay couples who married in Utah, are represented by the ACLU.

Tony Milner and Matt Barraza, one of the couples involved in the case, told The Salt Lake Tribune that adoption proceedings were stopped after the state decided it would not recognize the marriages that had already taken place as it pursues an appeal.

A 10th Circuit panel has already heard arguments in the ruling striking down Utah's restrictive marriage ban, and a decision is expected soon.