California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Tuesday asked a federal appeals court to lift its stay on a lower court's ruling which overturned the state's gay marriage ban, Proposition 8, the AP reported.

Last year, U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled the 2008 voter-approved law unconstitutional.

Supporters of the ban, however, appealed the decision and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals placed Walker's ruling on hold.

The appeals court heard oral arguments in the case in December, but then turned to the California Supreme Court to decide whether the law's sponsors have the legal standing to defend it in court. The high court has said it won't hear arguments in the case until September.

In a letter to the appeals court, Harris joined the City of San Francisco in asking the court to lift its stay and allow the weddings to resume. She argued that, the coalition of socially conservative groups which sponsored the measure, is unlikely to prevail in its appeal and that keeping the ban in place was a violation of civil rights.

“The public interest weighs heavily against the government sanctioning such discrimination by permitting it to continue,” she wrote.

Harris added that the Department of Justice's recent decision to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which bans federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples, “substantially diminished” the likelihood that its sponsors will ultimately prevail in their appeal.