A week after a federal judge heard arguments in a challenge to Nebraska's ban on gay marriage, about 50 clergy have pledged to marry gay couples if the ban is overturned.

U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon promised last week to issue a ruling “expeditiously.”

According to the Omaha World-Herald, Heartland Clergy for Inclusion is asking clergy to sign an online pledge – promoted with the hashtag #ReadyToMarry – agreeing to marry gay couples if the ban is lifted.

“It's important for people to understand there are religious leaders who support equality for same-sex couples when it comes to marriage,” organizer the Rev. Scott Jones told the paper.

Most of the 57 clergy who have signed the pledge are from the Omaha area and Lincoln.

“We're happy we've been able to mobilize clergy who will make it possible for same-sex couples to have a marriage ceremony blessed by the church,” said Rev. Pamela Owens of Metropolitan Community Church.