A federal judge on Sunday temporarily set aside her ruling striking down Alabama's ban on gay marriage.

U.S. District Judge Callie “Ginny” Granade on Friday ruled that an Alabama law and a constitutional amendment approved by 81 percent of voters in 2006 limiting marriage to heterosexual couples were in violation 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.”

Granade denied Luther's request for an indefinite stay, saying that he had failed to show a need, but agreed to set aside implementation of her ruling for 14 days to give the state time to present its arguments to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

“If no action is taken by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals to extend or lift the stay within that time period, this court's stay will be lifted on February 9, 2015,” she wrote.

In December, the Eleventh Circuit refused to stay a similar challenge in Florida, allowing gay and lesbian couples to begin marrying in that state.

In their response opposing the stay, lawyers for the plaintiffs also asked Granade to clarify whether her ruling applies statewide. The request was a response to a statement issued Saturday by the Alabama Probate Judges Association declaring 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. Granade said she would “issue a separate order addressing plaintiffs' request for clarification of the court's injunction order.”

(Brief provided by Equality Case Files.)