Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on Friday explained she was appealing a ruling striking down the state's ban on gay marriage because it's her job.

Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia declared the marriage ban unconstitutional and ordered Monroe County Clerk Amy Heavilin to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples on Tuesday, July 22.

(Related: Florida judge strikes down state's gay marriage ban.)

Bondi immediately filed a notice of appeal, placing the ruling on hold.

Bondi told FOX 35 that it was her job to defend any law approved by the voters.

“If the voters choose to pass it, it's my job to defend it,” she told the network after a speech to the South East Volusia Chamber of Commerce. “It's not up to one person to pick and choose. That's why we have voters.”

“It has nothing to do with anybody's personal beliefs,” she added. “We say there are good people on both sides of this issue but we need a resolution in front of the United States Supreme Court.”