In response to a motion filed by plaintiffs, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange on Tuesday said that he would file a request with the Supreme Court to delay implementation of a federal judge's rulings striking down Alabama's ban on gay marriage.

Moments after the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta refused to stay two rulings handed down by U.S. District Judge Callie “Ginny” Granade, plaintiffs in one of the cases asked Granade to lift a temporary stay set to expire on Monday, February 9.

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“Plaintiffs respectfully submit that there is no reason for this Court's stay to remain in place until February 9, 2015, as the court made clear that this Court's stay was to allow the Defendants time to seek appellate relief from the Eleventh Circuit on that issue,” lawyers for the plaintiffs wrote in their request.

In replying to the request, Strange argued that the temporary stay should remain in place because his office plans to file an emergency request with the Supreme Court.

“The stay should remain in place until February 9, 2015, when it is presently scheduled to expire, while the Attorney General seeks a stay from the Supreme Court of the United States, and to avoid further confusion,” the state said in its filing. “Attorney General Strange will file such a motion with the Supreme Court of the United States today or tomorrow.”

Granade denied the plaintiffs' request to immediately lift the stay, shifting the focus to the Supreme Court, which has consistently denied such requests in similar cases since October 6, the day the high court denied review in cases challenging bans in five states. Most recently, justices refused to delay implementation of a federal judge's ruling ordering Florida officials to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

The request will be handled by Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, considered one of the court's most conservative justices.

(Brief provided by Equality Case Files.)