Guam Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson on Wednesday directed officials to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

The move was a response to a lawsuit challenging the territory's marriage laws.

According to the Pacific Daily News, public officials are ignoring Barrett-Anderson's order.

Leo Casil, the acting director of the Department of Public Health and Social Services, told the outlet that the attorney general's order was not a binding legal opinion and applications won't be accepted “until further notice.”

Republican Governor Eddie Calvo, a defendant in the case, said in a statement that lawmakers could legalize such unions or the law could be changed by the people through a public vote as the case proceeds.

Plaintiffs in the case, Kathleen Aguero and Loretta Pangelinana, both 28, filed their lawsuit on Monday, five days after they were denied a marriage license in the village of Mangilao.

Guam falls under the jurisdiction of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The court has struck down restrictive marriage bans in Nevada, Alaska, Arizona, Idaho and Montana. Gay couples can marry in every state under the court's control, including California, Hawaii and Washington.

Currently, no U.S. territory has marriage equality.