Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Wednesday stayed an appeals court ruling that struck down gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada.

Kennedy's response to Idaho's emergency request came about 10 minutes before the state said that it would have been required to comply with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling handed down on Tuesday.

“Each same-sex marriage performed will be contrary to the interests of the state and its citizens in being able to define marriage through ordinary democratic channels,” a lawyer representing Republican Governor Butch Otter wrote in one of the state's filings.

Nevada officials who said Tuesday that gay couples could begin marrying Wednesday were forced to reverse course.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs said they had asked the Supreme Court for clarification.

“#SCOTUS issues stay order on yesterday's #9thCircuit ruling but we don't believe stay order should apply to NV & have asked #SCOTUs for clarification,” the group Lambda Legal said in a series of tweets.

The Ninth Circuit's ruling came a day after the Supreme Court declined to review appeals in cases challenging bans in five states, effectively legalizing marriage equality in 11 more states.

The AP noted: “Having allowed those other rulings to take effect without a full review by the Supreme Court, it would be surprising if the justices were to put the 9th circuit ruling on hold for any length of time.”

Kennedy ordered the plaintiffs in the Idaho case to respond by the end of the day Thursday.