A judge considering a challenge to Florida's gay marriage ban on Monday told plaintiffs he needed “a short period of time” to decide whether the case would go to trial.

Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia opened a hearing for summary judgment by saying that he “will not be issuing an order from the bench today.”

Aaron Huntsman, 43, and William Lee Jones, 42, filed the case in April after they were denied a marriage license by Monroe County Clerk Amy Heavilin.

The men, bartenders at 801 Bourbon Bar in Key West, celebrated their 11th year together on June 10 and came to court dressed to play the part of grooms.

In defending the ban, Florida Assistant Attorney General Adam Tanenbaum told Garcia he should “respect the policy decision made by voters,” a reference to Amendment 2, a constitutional amendment prohibiting the state from recognizing any union other than a heterosexual marriage, which was approved by 62 percent of voters in 2008.

Mathew Staver, chairman of the Christian conservative Liberty Counsel, was allowed to speak as a friend of the court and argued that allowing gay couples to marry would lead to polygamist marriages.

“The plaintiffs' argument is not to just redefine marriage to include two people of the same sex, the implications of that is if you include two people of the same sex, then why can't you have a person of the opposite sex, that also brings in a same-sex partner into the marriage,” Staver said.

Five additional challenges to the ban are wending their way through state and federal courts, including one heard last week.

(Related: Gay rights foe compares overturning Florida's gay marriage ban to KKK lynching.)