Two conservative groups on Wednesday asked the Alabama Supreme Court to order probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

The Alabama Policy Institute and Alabama Citizens Action Program, which are being represented by Liberty Counsel, asked the justices to join Chief Justice Roy S. Moore in declaring the judges' actions illegal.

Nine counties began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on Monday following the expiration of a temporary stay – which the Supreme Court refused to extend – on two federal rulings declaring Alabama's ban unconstitutional. As of Wednesday, the number of counties issuing licenses had grown to 24.

On Sunday, Moore ordered judges to defy the order, the majority did so.

“The Marriage Amendment, the Marriage Act and [Moore's] the Administrative Order could not be more clear: Alabama probate judges are prohibited from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples,” the motion states.

“It is equally clear that neither the Searcy nor the Strawser Injunction, nor any other authority compels or authorizes probate judges to disregard Alabama's marriage laws. Nonetheless, some probate judges have done just that, creating confusion and disarray in the issuance of marriage licenses in the state. This Court should remove the confusion and disarray by giving Alabama probate judges a clear judicial pronouncement that Alabama law prohibits the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples.”

Meanwhile, marriage equality supporters have asked a federal judge to order a Mobile probate judge to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. A hearing is set for Thursday.

(Related: Alabama judge sued for defying federal judge's gay marriage ruling.)