Utah State Senator Jim Dabakis, chairman of the Utah Democratic Party, on Friday called on Governor Gary Herbert and Attorney General Sean Reyes, both Republicans, to quit fighting a federal court's order declaring that the state must recognize the marriages of some 1,300 gay and lesbian couples.

The couples exchanged vows during the 17-day window when such unions were legal in the state.

On Friday, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver denied the state's request for a permanent hold on recognizing the marriages as it appeals the broader ruling which led to the marriages.

(Related: Appeals Court orders Utah to recognize marriages of 1,300 gay couples.)

The Utah Attorney General's Office said in a statement Friday it plans to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

“I have only one question of the Governor and the Attorney General,” Dabakis said in an emailed statement. “How much more money are they going to spend on lawsuits? They have already committed around $10 million to the Supreme Court case of Kitchen v. Herbert. And now, will they open the taxpayers' checkbook again? For another, separate appeal in another case? Clearly, that would be fiscally irresponsible and morally reprehensible.”