The Arkansas Department of Health has asked a judge to stay his ruling ordering the agency to record the names of both spouses in a same-sex marriage on the birth certificates of their children.

Circuit Judge Tim Fox of Little Rock delivered his ruling from the bench on Monday.

Citing long-established regulations, the Arkansas Department of Health's Vital Statistics Bureau has refused to list both parents in a same-sex marriage on their children's birth certificates.

Three lesbian couples, all married, challenged the department's policy.

Fox's order only applies to the three plaintiff couples in the case but the judge said that he would consider broadening the scope of his order to include all married gay couples with children living in Arkansas.

According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the health department has asked the judge to stay his order, claiming that it does not go into effect until it is issued in writing. Fox is expected to issue a written order sometime in December.