The Attorney General in the US state of Indiana has warned clerks who issued marriage licences to same-sex couples last week, not to issue more.

US District Judge Richard Young last week struck down Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage entirely.

On Saturday, an appeals court stayed the ruling, putting the ban on marriages back in place until the conclusion of the appeal.

On Tuesday, a federal appeals court ordered the state to recognise the marriage of a lesbian couple as one of them has ovarian cancer. That ruling only applies to that couple, however.

The Attorney General’s office is advising clerks to stop issuing marriage licences to same-sex couples, and to stop performing marriage licences for gay and lesbian couples.