Few Florida clerks are preparing to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples on January 6.

According to an AP survey, 46 clerks said they would wait, while another 6 said they weren't certain. Fourteen clerks did not respond to the survey.

Florida has 67 counties.

The Supreme Court last week refused to delay implementation of a federal judge's ruling declaring the state's ban unconstitutional, removing the last obstacle for it to take effect after January 5, when the current stay expires.

The law firm Greenberg Traurig advised clerks not a party to the litigation against issuing such licenses starting next month, saying that the judge's injunction only applies to one county.

“I'm not going to break the law,” Paula O'Neill, the clerk for Pasco County, told the AP. “I'm not going to issue licenses until it's legal.”

The legal group National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) on Wednesday warned clerks that they may be held in contempt of court if they decide to ignore the decision.

(Related: NCLR: Florida clerks who do not issue marriage licenses to gay couples may be held liable.)