A federal appeals court on Friday issued an emergency stay stopping same-sex marriages in Indiana.

The attorney general's office filed an appeal for the emergency stay in the 7th Circuit Court in Chicago on Friday, after appealing to the U.S. District Court in Indiana, the Chicago Tribune reported.


The Marion County clerk's office in Indianapolis issued 120 same-sex marriage licenses on Friday and planned to let gay couples marry Saturday. However after the stay they decided not to, the Associated Press reported.

Legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana Ken Falk said he was disappointed but not surprised by the stay.

The decision comes just two days after a federal judge in Indiana struck down the state's gay marriage ban.