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ATLANTA (AP) — A federal appeals court in Atlanta says it won’t act on appeals in same-sex marriage cases until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the issue.  The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals — which handles federal appeals from Alabama, Georgia and Florida — issued the order Wednesday.

The order affects pending appeals in Alabama and Florida, as well as future appeals in a case currently before a federal judge in Georgia.

In Florida, that means same-sex marriages can continue as they have since Jan. 5. A federal judge’s order overturning Alabama’s gay marriage ban enters into effect Monday.

Unless the U.S. Supreme Court extends the stay, which is what Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange asked for on Tuesday, same-sex marriages will begin on Monday, February 9.

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in April and is expected to rule by June. The 11th Circuit says it will resolve any remaining issues within 21 days of that ruling.

Many probate judges in the state have announced they will not marry any more couples in the courthouse, gay or straight.  However, they must issue marriage licenses.

“There are plenty of people who can marry couples,” said Susan Watson, Executive Director of the ACLU of Alabama.  “We’re really going to be on the lookout for any couples that have problems on Monday. We want them to come to the ACLU of Alabama. We just want to keep track of everything and take a look at it.”