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Pa. Clerk Asks Supreme Court to Halt Gay Marriage

by Jason St. Amand
Monday Jul 7, 2014
Pa. Clerk Asks Supreme Court to Halt Gay Marriage

A Pennsylvania county clerk has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to suspend a federal ruling that allows gay couples to marry in the state.

Schuylkill County Orphans Court Clerk Theresa Santai-Gaffney filed the request for a stay on Monday.

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Pennsylvania since U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III struck down a state ban on May 20.

Gov. Tom Corbett's administration declined to appeal Jones' decision. But Santai-Gaffney wants Pennsylvania to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses while she appeals the ruling.

So far, Santai-Gaffney's efforts to intervene have been rebuffed by Jones and a federal appellate court. Now, she has appealed to the Supreme Court.

Pennsylvania was the last northeastern state to ban same-sex marriage.

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  • patroy, 2014-07-07 14:35:25

    It is not this clerks place to petition the SCOTUS. Her job is to follow the laws of the State and to issue marriage licenses. Her personal beliefs are not relevant to upholding the law. This woman needs to be suspended or fired for overstepping her position!!

  • , 2014-07-08 17:11:25


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