The Republican-led Arkansas General Assembly on Friday approved a non-binding resolution calling on the state Supreme Court to uphold the state's ban on gay marriage.

According to the Stuttgart Daily Leader, the Arkansas Legislative Council, which includes members of both legislative chambers, approved the resolution introduced by Republican Senator Jason Rapert.

Over 500 gay and lesbian couples married last month after Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza struck down Arkansas' 2004 ban as unconstitutional. The weddings came to an end when the Arkansas Supreme Court granted the state a stay in the ruling pending an appeal.

In urging for its passage, Rapert told legislators to respect the wishes of voters, who approved the amendment by a 3-1 margin.

“There is no branch of this government that's more important than the people,” Rapert said.

A procedural vote blocked the resolution from advancing in the council last month.

Rapert, who has also called for Piazza's removal from the bench, said it was appropriate to limit marriage to heterosexual couples in the name of “procreative love.”

A rally featuring several of the couples who married last moth was held on Sunday to protest the resolution's passage. At least one couple wore matching black t-shirts printed with a graphic of an Arkansas outline and the words “married y'all” surrounding an equal sign.