Gay marriage supporters have asked a federal judge to force an Alabama probate judge to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

U.S. District Judge Callie “Ginny” Granade ruled Alabama's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional in two cases, which took effect on Monday after the Supreme Court refused to delay implementation as state officials pursue appeals.

Alabama Chief Justice Roy S. Moore on Sunday ordered probate judges to defy the ruling. Most judges decided to follow Moore's directions, including Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis.

Advocates returned to Granade, who is based in Mobile, asking her to force Davis and his staff to comply with her order. She scheduled a hearing for Thursday.

The number of counties issuing marriage licenses to gay couples more than doubled on Tuesday. Among the judges who reversed course was Judge Enslen of Elmore County, who told The New York Times that the Supreme Court's 7-2 decision not to stay Granade's ruling weighed heavily in his decision.

“We've got the highest federal court siding with the District Court,” he said. “The ballgame's over.”