Republican Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has asked the Supreme Court to stay a pair of rulings striking down the state's ban on gay marriage.

Bentley argues in an amicus brief that allowing gay couples to marry would “invite chaos.”

“No State has done what the District Court is ordering here because doing so would invite chaos,” Bentley wrote in his brief.

U.S. District Judge Callie “Ginny” Granade declared the state's ban unconstitutional in two similar cases, both of which are set to take effect on Monday, February 9.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange turned to the Supreme Court after the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta denied his request to set aside Granade's rulings as the state pursues appeals.

Bentley argues in his brief that implementing Granade's rulings would prove disruptive to the marriages of opposite-sex couples and to marriage itself as an institution.

“Eliminating the distinction between marriage and non-marital relations would obscure the nature of marriage, frustrate the State's efforts to distinguish between marriage and non-marital relations, and threaten the unique legal protections for the fundamental rights of children to have legal connections to their biological parents. That is the very foundation of the fundamental right of marriage upon which the District Court purported to predicate its ruling,” he wrote.

“The District Court is asking Alabama to eliminate the fundamental rights and duties of marriage and parentage.”

And elsewhere, “To force States to redefine marriage is to obscure the non-fungible value of mother and father.”

Alabama's emergency request was filed late Tuesday with Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, who oversees the Eleventh Circuit. Thomas is considered one of the court's most conservative justices.

Without intervention by the Supreme Court, Alabama on Monday will become the 37th state, plus the District of Columbia, where gay and lesbian couples can marry.

(Brief provided by Equality Case Files.)