Rather than marry gay and lesbian couples, two Missouri judges have opted to not marry any couples following the Supreme Court's landmark ruling striking down gay marriage bans in all 50 states.

Associate circuit judges Larry Winfrey and Steve Jackson of the southern Missouri county of Laciede stopped marrying couples on June 29, just three days after the court handed down its ruling.

“In light of the divisive impact of the recent United States Supreme Court decision on our society relative to the issue of marriage, we elect to not allow the integrity and respect of your local court to be tarnished by being caught up in the dissension created,” the judges wrote in a joint statement given to the Lebanon Daily Record.

The change was not announced until Monday afternoon.

According to the Daily Record, the judges' decision leaves a young gay engaged couple from Lebanon out in the cold. The couple had hoped to be married by a judge this week.