The Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered Boulder County to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples as the state purses an appeal.

Republican Attorney General John Suthers turned to the state's highest court after being turned down for a stay from lower courts.

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 federal appeals court's jurisdiction includes Colorado and Hall cited the ruling in explaining her actions. Suthers disagreed, saying the ban was still in effect. County clerks in Denver and Pueblo followed Hall's lead but Suthers shut them down.

Hall, who had issued 202 such licenses as of Tuesday, said she was disappointed but would comply with the order.

“I am disappointed by the Colorado Supreme Court's stay, but I will comply with the order,” she said in a statement. “Given the avalanche of recent cases determining that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional, I am hopeful the stay will be short-lived and that we will be able to resume issuing licenses soon.”

In recent weeks, state and federal judges have struck down Colorado's ban as unconstitutional.

(Related: Colorado AG John Suthers appeals gay marriage ruling.)