An Ohio judge on Monday refused to marry a lesbian couple.

Toledo Municipal Judge Allen McConnell cited his Christian beliefs in explaining his reasons for denying the request.

“On Monday, July 6, I declined to marry a non-traditional couple during my duties assignment,” McConnell said in a statement issued Wednesday. “The declination was based upon my personal and Christian beliefs established over many years. I apologized to the couple for the delay they experienced and wish them the best.”

Gay couples started marrying in Ohio and 13 additional states after the Supreme Court ruled on June 26 that restrictive state marriage bans violate gay couples' constitutional rights. Ohio was among the four states directly involved in the case.

The ceremony was performed by Judge William Connelly, Jr., Reuters reported.

McConnell said that he intends to continue performing “traditional marriages” and he seeks an advisory opinion from the Ohio Supreme Court about whether he can “opt out” from performing civil marriages.

The Toledo Blade named one of the women, Carolyn Wilson, whom they quoted as saying that her wife prefers to remain unnamed for fear of discrimination at work.