A Colorado judge on Wednesday denied a stay of his ruling allowing Boulder County to continue issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

“In actuality, the State is asking this Court to reconsider its July 10, 2014 ruling and block Clerk Hall from issuing same sex marriage licenses,” District Court Judge Andrew Harman said in his ruling.

Harman said he was denying the request because the state “has offered no actual support in favor of reconsideration, more cases have found same sex marriage bans unconstitutional since the Court issued its ruling and the State [has] not met its burden to obtain a stay pending appeal under established Colorado law.”

Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall began issuing the licenses after the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver upheld a lower court's ruling striking down Utah's constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual unions.

The Tenth Circuit's jurisdiction includes Colorado, and Hall cited the ruling in explaining her actions.

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers warned Hall she was violating the law and sued her after she refused to stop issuing the licenses.

While Harman has refused to order Hall to stop – even temporarily – he's warned that the validity of the licenses remains in question.

Two additional counties followed Hall's lead but have since stopped issuing such licenses.

(Related: Colorado county reluctantly stops issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.)

A federal judge on Wednesday is expected to hand down a ruling striking down Colorado's marriage ban.

(Related: Federal judge says he's likely to invalidate Colorado's gay marriage ban.)

(Brief provided by Equality Case Files.)