Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has asked a federal judge to stay her ruling striking down the state's ban on gay marriage.

Such unions are prohibited under state law and a constitutional amendment approved by 81 percent of voters in 2006. U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade on Friday ruled that both violate the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

(Related: Federal judge declares Alabama's gay marriage ban unconstitutional.)

In filing its request for a stay, Strange's office said that it was disappointed in the decision and argued that there would be widespread confusion if “marriages are recognized on an interim basis that are ultimately determined to be inconsistent with Alabama law.”

He asked Granade to put the ruling on hold until the Supreme Court rules in a similar case, “resolving the issues on a nation-wide basis.”