Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore on Sunday ordered probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

Two rulings striking down Alabama's ban on gay marriage are expected to take effect on Monday. As of late Sunday, a request by the state to delay implementation of the rulings had gone unanswered by the Supreme Court.

Moore summarized previous comments on the issue in a six-page letter sent to probate judges and concluded that “no probate judge shall issue or recognize a marriage license that is inconsistent with” a 1998 law and 2006 voter-approve constitutional amendment limiting marriage to a heterosexual union.

Moore argued that the “opinions of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama do not bind the state courts of Alabama but only serve as persuasive authority” and that the “United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama has not issued an order directed to the Probate Judges of Alabama to issue marriage licenses that violate Alabama law.”

In addition to ordering probate judges not to issue such licenses, Moore also pointed out that it would be up to Republican Governor Robert Bentley to “ensure the execution of the law” should a probate judge issue a marriage license to a gay couple.

Bentley's office said that the governor would have a response on Monday.