A federal judge on Wednesday confirmed that her ruling directing all Alabama probate judges to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples is now in effect.

In May, U.S. District Judge Callie Granade ruled that gay couples have the right to marry in all 67 Alabama counties. She put her ruling on hold until the Supreme Court ruled in a case challenging restrictive marriage bans in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee and Kentucky.

The high court ruled Friday in the case. Ruling for the plaintiffs, the court said that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry in all 50 states.

Despite the ruling, some Alabama probate judges, citing a contradictory Alabama Supreme Court decision, have refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

“In the preliminary injunction order the Court stated 'that because the issues raised by this case are subject to an imminent decision by the United States Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges and related cases, the above preliminary injunction is STAYED until the Supreme Court issues its ruling,'” Granade said in her order.

“The Untied States Supreme Court issued its ruling on June 26, 2015. … Accordingly, by the language set forth in the order, the preliminary injunction is now in effect and binding on all members of the Defendant Class.”

Judge Granade struck down Alabama's ban in two rulings issued in January. Saying that the order was limited to plaintiffs in the case, the Alabama Supreme Court ordered probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. Plaintiffs asked Granade to expand defendants in the case to include all of the state's probate judges, which she granted.

Granade recognized the Alabama Supreme Court's contradictory order in her May ruling.

“It is true that if this Court grants the preliminary injunction the probate judges will be faced with complying with either Alabama's marriage laws that prohibit same-sex marriage as they have been directed by the Alabama Supreme Court or with complying with the United States Constitution as directed by this Court. However, the choice should be simple. Under the Supremacy Clause, the laws of the United States are 'the supreme Law of the Land,'” she wrote.

Some counties have stopped issuing marriage licenses rather than serve gay couples. Wednesday's order does not affect these counties.

(Brief provided by Equality Case Files)