The Florida judge who last week struck down the state's gay marriage ban on Monday refused to lift a stay on his ruling 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.

On Monday, 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.

“The automatic stay, currently in place, shall remain in place until completion of appellate proceedings or until further order of this Court,” Garcia wrote in a brief 1-page order.