The Supreme Court on Friday decided against blocking the ruling that struck down Florida's ban on gay marriage from taking effect.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on Monday turned to the nation's highest court after a federal appeals court refused her request to stay the ruling.

“The application for stay presented to Justice Thomas and by him referred to the Court is denied,” the Supreme Court wrote.

As has been the case in similar cases, Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, considered the court's most conservative members, went on record as saying that they would have granted the stay.

“We are thrilled the U.S. Supreme Court has denied the State's request to delay marriages in Florida,” Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida, the state's largest LGBT rights advocate, said in an emailed statement. “Every day of delay is another day of harm experienced by thousands of loving and committed same-sex couples in Florida. It's time to break out the wedding bells! We look forward to January 6th being a special day – Florida is ready for the freedom to marry.”

U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle of Tallahassee declared Florida's ban invalid on Thursday, August 21, but stayed his order pending an appeal. On November 5, he ordered Florida officials to begin issuing marriage licenses and recognizing the out-of-state marriages of gay couples starting on January 6.

In applying for an emergency stay, Bondi argued that gay couples would only be allowed to marry in the one county named in the lawsuit, which would lead to confusion.

The Florida Association of Court Clerks and Comptrollers issued a statement on Tuesday backing Bondi's claim. It also warned clerks that the issuance of an improper marriage license is a misdemeanor offense.

Lawyers representing the plaintiffs have denied the claim, saying that Hinkle's ruling applies statewide.