At least nine gay activists were arrested Thursday morning in San Diego protesting California's continued enforcement of its gay marriage ban.

A federal district court judge struck down Proposition 8 as unconstitutional two weeks ago, but supporters of the ban convinced an appeals court to put the order on hold. The three-judge panel is expected to hear oral arguments in the case in December. Gay weddings would have resumed on Thursday had the court not intervened.

About fifty members of the gay rights group San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality (SAME) protested Proposition 8 by demanding that the country clerk issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

“We believe that county officials and the attorney general have the authority and obligation to allow marriage licenses to proceed based on both the federal court findings and that Prop 8 is unconstitutional and the governor's filings in Prop 8 cases,” Tyler Dylan-Hyde told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

County spokeswoman Jan Caldwell said the activists were removed because they were blocking entrances to the county building.

In staging its sit-in, the group shouted: “We shall not be moved. Gay, straight, black, white; marriage is a civil right.”

In a posting at its website, SAME called for an emergency rally in front of the San Diego jail on Front Street to protest the arrests.