An Alabama probate judge has said that he will not issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples on Monday when rulings striking down the state's ban on gay marriage takes effect.

U.S. District Judge Callie “Ginny” Granade declared the state's ban unconstitutional in two similar cases.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange turned to the Supreme Court after the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta refused to delay implementation of Granade's rulings. In a separate amicus brief filing with the court, Republican Governor Robert Bentley urged the court to grant Strange's request, arguing that allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry in Alabama would “invite chaos.”

(Related: Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley asks Supreme Court to stay gay marriage rulings.) reported Friday that the court's deputy clerk told attorneys not to expect a ruling through the weekend, increasing the likelihood that the high court won't intervene.

According to Fox 6 WBRC, Covington County Probate Judge Ben Bowden said that he does not believe that Granade has the authority to order him to issue such licenses.

“I have concluded that I have a duty to uphold Alabama law until a court with authority over me directs me otherwise,” Bowden said. “The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear and rule on a very similar case from another state this summer. I look forward to getting a definitive answer as soon as possible.”

Bowden added that he was following instruction from Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who told judges in a letter that they are not required to issue such licenses.

“I hope this memorandum will assist weary, beleaguered, and perplexed probate judges to unravel the meaning of the actions of the federal court in Mobile, namely that the rulings in the marriage cases do not require you to issue marriage licenses that are illegal under Alabama law,” Moore wrote.

He added that judges who issue such licenses “would in my view be acting in violation of their oaths to uphold the Alabama Constitution.”

Meanwhile, Pike County Probate Judge Wes Allen announced Friday that effectively immediately the county will no longer issue marriage licenses.

“I believe that the Alabama Constitution and federal law protect my right to both live my life as a Christian and perform my elected duties,” Allen said. “The way that the law allows me to do that is by giving me the discretion to end the issuance of marriage licenses and that is the legal course I am taking.”

Other counties have said they will stop offering courthouse marriage ceremonies.