Utah officials on Wednesday turned to the Supreme Court in their fight not 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.

Last week, a three-judge panel of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver denied the state's request for a permanent hold on recognizing the marriages as it appeals a December 20 ruling striking down the state's ban on gay marriage to the Supreme Court.

A temporary stay put in place by the Tenth Circuit expires Monday.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who oversees the Tenth Circuit, will review the state's 81-page application for a stay. In January, Sotomayor stayed the first ruling striking down Utah's marriage ban.

The case has reverberated in Colorado, where three county clerks have cited the appeals court's ruling in issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

(Related: Hundreds of gay couples receive marriage licenses in three Colorado counties.)