Plaintiffs in a case challenging Alabama's ban on gay marriage have asked a federal judge to order probate judges to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

Friday's filing in Mobile seeks class-action status that would include all gay couples in Alabama who wish to marry and requests to cover all state probate judges, who are responsible for issuing such licenses in Alabama.

The same federal court has already declared the state's ban unconstitutional in two similar cases.

The Alabama Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered judges to stop issuing licenses to gay couples.

Plaintiffs in the case are represented by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Alabama, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

“If Alabama officials thought we were going to sit back and allow them to deny same-sex couples their constitutional right to marry, they thought wrong,” Ayesha N. Khan, legal director of Americans United, said in a statement. “We are gong to fight for these couples.”