Jay Reeves, Associated Press
Chilton County Probate Judge Bobby Martin discusses confusion over same-sex marriage in Alabama in his office in Clanton, Ala., on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. This week, Martin issued a license for a gay wedding, then stopped the practice, then resumed amid confusion over competing state and federal court directives.

MOBILE, Ala. — A federal judge in Alabama says she will rule "soon" on three gay couples' request that she force a probate judge to issue a marriage license in Mobile County.

U.S. District Judge Callie Granade held the brief hearing Thursday. She did not indicate exactly when she would rule.

Granade held the hearing amid confusion in Alabama, as many probate judges there refused to issue the licenses after state Chief Justice Roy Moore said they didn't have to.

Moore gave his order even though Granade overturned the state's ban last month and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to stop gay marriages from beginning Monday.

At least 22 of Alabama's 67 counties are issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.