Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on Friday asked a federal judge not to lift a stay on a ruling that struck down the state's ban on gay marriage.

U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle put his August 21 ruling on hold until after the Supreme Court has considered requests for review from cases challenging similar bans in Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia. The high court on October 6 decided against hearing those appeals, along with two others from Wisconsin and Indiana, allowing gay and lesbian couples to begin exchanging vows in those states.

The following day, the ACLU of Florida asked Hinkle to allow his ruling to take effect.

“In light of yesterday's pathbreaking development, Plaintiffs respectfully submit that the Court should lift the stay immediately,” wrote lawyers for the plaintiffs, 22 individuals, including nine married couples.

Bondi has already appealed the case to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta and would likely turn to that court if Hinkle did not extend his stay.

Nadine Smith, CEO of LGBT rights advocate Equality Florida, accused Bondi of playing politics.

“Time and time again, [Bondi's] had the opportunity to stand on the right side of history and stop pandering to her conservative base by denying marriage to loving couples,” Smith said in a statement.

“We hope and believe that Judge Hinkle will reject Bondi's request to delay marriages in Florida while she continues her senseless appeals, just as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court have refused to postpone same sex marriages in Idaho and Alaska while those states continued their appeals. It’s time to stop playing politics with people’s lives!”