Plaintiffs challenging Alabama's ban on gay marriage have asked a federal judge not to stay her ruling and to clarify whether it applies statewide.

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.)

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange immediately asked Granade to stay her ruling, arguing there would be widespread confusion if “marriages are recognized on an interim basis that are ultimately determined to be inconsistent with Alabama law.” The state asked to stay the ruling until the Supreme Court rules in a similar case, “resolving the issues on a nation-wide basis.”

On Saturday, the Alabama Probate Judges Association declared that the ruling is limited to plaintiffs, a lesbian couple married in California who wish their marriage to be recognized by the state so that one of the women can legally adopt their son.

“There is nothing in the judge's order that requires probate judges in Alabama to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples,” Al Agricola, attorney for the Alabama Probate Judges Association, told Birmingham ABC affiliate WBMA.

In a 10-page document filed Sunday, lawyers for the plaintiffs rejected the attorney general's claims.

“Strange asserts that a stay is in the public interest premised on a faulty notion that the validity of marriages entered into while appeal is pending would be uncertain should this Court be reversed. This is simply incorrect. Any marriages entered into in reliance on the court's injunction would be valid regardless of the outcome of the appeal.”

Also noted were the claims of the Alabama Probate Judges Association.

“Clarification is necessary as the Probate Judges association in Alabama have assumed the position like George Wallace at the schoolhouse door staring defiantly upon this Court's order reasoning that not all citizens of Alabama are entitled to the same rights and privileges afforded under the Constitution of the United States...”

“[T]his Court's order … shall meet with immediate defiance and confusion without further clarification,” the lawyers wrote.

State officials are likely to turn to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals if Granade does not approve their request. In December, the Eleventh Circuit refused to stay a similar challenge in Florida, allowing gay and lesbian couples to begin marrying in that state.

(Brief provided by Equality Case Files.)