California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown have urged a federal judge to allow gay weddings to resume while opponents appeal Wednesday's ruling that overturned California's gay marriage ban, Proposition 8, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry “is consistent with California's long history of treating all people and their relationships with equal dignity and respect,” Schwarzenegger said in a filing with Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker.

Brown, who had refused to defend the law and is campaigning for governor, also joined gay rights advocates in asking Walker to lift the ban.

The law was defended by a coalition of social conservative groups, including the Christian-based Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) and Protect Marriage, the sponsor of the measure. The groups have already appealed the decision to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco and asked the court to put Walker's order on hold during the appeal process.

Proponents of Prop 8 have argued that lifting the ban would put gay marriages taking place during the appeal process “under a cloud of uncertainty.”

Judge Walker is expected to rule on the issue early next week.

Schwarzenegger issued a statement in support of the ruling on Wednesday. Walker's ruling “affirms the full legal protections and safeguards I believe everyone deserves,” he wrote.

The Republican governor has a spotty record on the issue of marriage equality. He twice vetoed gay marriage bills approved by lawmakers, but in 2008 he cheered the California Supreme Court's decision that legalized gay marriage. Proposition 8, approved 5 months later, trumped the court's ruling and put an end to the gay weddings taking place in the state.

Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California, the state's largest gay rights group, said Schwarzenegger's support was “incredibly powerful.”