A couple who last week won a case challenging Florida's gay marriage ban on Monday asked a judge to allow gay couples to marry despite a pending state appeal.

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.)

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on Friday filed a notice of appeal, placing the ruling on hold.

Plaintiffs Aaron Huntsman, 43, and William Lee Jones, 42, asked Garcia to lift the automatic stay and allow gay couples to marry in Monroe County.

“Every day that goes by, plaintiffs and other same-sex couples are being deprived of important constitutional rights and suffering additional serious, ongoing, and irreparable dignitary, legal and economic harms,” lawyers for the couple argued in filing the motion.

Stratton Pollitzer, deputy director of Equality Florida, the state's largest LGBT rights advocate, urged Garcia to lift the stay as an appeal moves forward.

“Denying these couples access to marriage is a daily insult and a tremendous risk for their families,” Pollitzer said in an emailed statement. “Imagine if a couple who has been together for decades experiences the tragedy of one partner dying while waiting for the appeal to be decided. The damage could never be undone, and there is absolutely no harm in granting them those protections while awaiting the appeal.”

It was uncertain when Garcia would rule.