A Miami-Dade judge is overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

She stayed her order pending appeal.

The move comes a day after more than seven thousand people signed a petition supporting same-sex marriage that's being delivered to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Bondi's appeal triggered an automatic stay that put Monroe County judge Luis Garcia's order to issue marriage licenses to gay couples in the Keys on hold.

A Miami appellate court upheld the stay Wednesday.

That same appellate court will hear the case sometime in the future...its ruling would apply to the entire state.

(Photo: Andy Newman / Florida Keys News Bureau)