Court clerks from around Florida will begin issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples on Tuesday.

According to The Gainesville Sun, the state's 67 clerks have agreed to abide by a federal judge's order after holding a lengthy conference on Friday.

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle's ruling declaring Florida's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional takes effect on Tuesday.

Requests by the state to stay the ruling as the state pursues an appeal were denied by an appeals court and the Supreme Court.

Despite those loses, Florida officials continued to insist that Hinkle's ruling only applies to plaintiffs involved in the case.

On Thursday, Hinkle clarified that his ruling applied statewide and that clerks who continue to enforce the ban risk breaking the law.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi gave a halfhearted endorsement when she said that her office would not “stand in the way as clerks of court determine how to proceed.”

The law firm Greenberg Traurig, which had earlier advised clerks not a party to the litigation against issuing such licenses starting next week, reversed course, saying that it had advised all clerks to implement the ruling.

“Greenberg Traurig has advised the Florida Association of Court Clerks and Comptrollers that clerks should follow the judge's ruling for all marriage-license applications or face the consequences identified by Judge Hinkle,” the firm said in a statement.

However, as many as 14 counties in Florida's conservative panhandle have decided to stop performing courthouse weddings. The Tampa Bay Times reported that nearly all of the counties discontinued the practice after Hinkle struck down the ban in August. (It was unclear when one county had implemented the change.)

“I do not want to have members of our team put in a situation which presents a conflict between their personal religious beliefs and the implementation of a contentious societal philosophy change,” Okaloosa County Clerk J.D. Peacock II said in a memo to his staff on the subject.