A federal judge on Monday told a Mobile, Alabama judge that he must issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples despite a state Supreme Court ruling ordering him to stop.

U.S. District Judge Callie “Ginny” Granade struck down Alabama's ban on gay marriage in January and in a separate ruling told Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis that he could not ignore her decision.

The Alabama Supreme Court, which is headed by Chief Justice Roy S. Moore, a vocal opponent of marriage equality, handed down a ruling telling judges not to issue such licenses.

(Related: Roy S. Moore: Gays can marry a person of the opposite sex.)

“Although the court would agree that the developments in these same-sex marriage cases has at times seemed dizzying, the court finds that Judge Davis has not shown that a stay is warranted,” Granade wrote.

“This court's conclusion agrees with the overwhelming consensus of courts across the country that have addressed the constitutionality of similar state laws since the Supreme Court's ruling in United States v. Windsor. … Judge Davis has offered no reason why this court should now conclude that judgment in this case is likely to be in favor of Judge Davis.”

Davis stopped issuing marriage licenses to all couples following the state Supreme Court decision.

(Brief provided by Equality Case Files.)