A Tennessee state representative has asked county clerks to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

Rep. Rick Womick, a Republican from Rockvale, on Wednesday sent a letter to all 95 county clerks in Tennessee encouraging them to ignore the Supreme Court's ruling striking down gay marriage bans in all 50 states, NBC affiliate WSMV.com reported.

“We are going to redefine marriage as this? They don't have the power. Only Congress and state legislators have that power to create law,” Womick told WSMV. “These clerks, by ignoring the opinion, will be in violation of no federal law. All they're in violation of is the opinion of individuals in black robes.”

He went on to accuse Governor Bill Haslam and the state attorney general of bullying county clerks.

“[Haslam] took it upon himself to intimidate our county clerks,” he wrote.

Chris Sanders of the Tennessee Equality Project said that Womick “needs to let it go.”

“There is no chance a county clerk is going to win if this goes to court. They will lose and they will be liable for those legal fees,” he said. “He really needs to let it go.”