Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange on Monday filed a notice of appeal in a ruling handed down Friday that declares the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

Over the weekend, Strange convinced U.S. District Judge Callie “Ginnie” Granade to temporarily stay her ruling as the state attempts to persuade the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals to issue an indefinite hold.

(Related: Judge temporarily sets aside ruling striking down Alabama's gay marriage ban.)

The state's Monday filing signals that it expects to appeal the order even if the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and presumably the Supreme Court, allow the ruling to take effect on Monday, February 9, as indicated by Granade's most recent order.

While the Eleventh Circuit has yet to hear arguments in a case challenging state marriage bans, in December it refused to stay a similar challenge in Florida, allowing gay and lesbian couples to begin marrying in that state.