Thirteen Alabama counties have stopped issuing marriage licenses rather than serve gay and lesbian couples.

The closures are a direct response to the recent Supreme Court ruling striking down state bans on gay marriage in all 50 states.

The Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE), the Asheville, North Carolina-based LGBT rights group, on Tuesday called on the counties to immediately reverse course.

“These closures are causing unnecessary complications and burdens for any couple – gay or straight – who seeks to marry in their home county,” said the group's Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara. “Why should a couple have to drive for over an hour to get a marriage license? What if a couple can't marry because they have an unreliable car, or they can't get the time off work? We urge all counties in Alabama to immediately begin issuing licenses to same-sex and opposite-sex couples.”

Counties that have stopped issuing marriage licenses include Autauga, Bibb, Blount, Choctaw, Clarke, Cleburne, Covington, Crenshaw, Geneva, Houston, Marengo, Pike and Washington.

According to CSE, the counties are home to an estimated 464 gay couples, 20 percent of which are raising children, and a majority have poverty rates exceeding the state average of 18.6 percent.

Three days after the Supreme Court handed down its landmark ruling, the Alabama Supreme Court issued an administrative order strongly suggesting that county officials are not bound by the high court's order.