Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has appealed a federal judge's ruling striking down Colorado's ban on gay marriage.

U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore on Wednesday declared the ban invalid but stayed the ruling until Monday, August 25.

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Suthers, a Republican, did not oppose the injunction but asked Moore to delay implementation until the Supreme Court has ruled in a separate case challenging Utah's ban.

Suthers' office filed a notice of appeal to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver shortly after Moore handed down his ruling.

“We are gratified Judge Moore agreed with us that additional litigation in that court would be wasteful given that our laws' status will be decided by the Supreme Court's decision in the Utah case,” Suthers said in a statement.

While the Utah case was the first appealed to the Supreme Court, dozens of cases from across the country are wending their way through federal courts. The high court is not required to take any case.

The Tenth Circuit's decision in the Utah case prompted plaintiffs – six gay and lesbian couples – to challenge Colorado's ban.