Pennsylvania Marriage Equality Secure as Judge Shoots Down Appeal

Written by scott on June 18th, 2014

Pennsylvania mapA county clerk who tried an end run around the state’s decision to not appeal the Pennsylvania marriage equality decision has been shot down.

Towleroad.com reports:

The “deep personal disagreement” with the ruling of Theresa Santai-Gaffney, the Schuylkill County issuer of marriage licenses, doesn’t make her a stand-in for the state, Jones said today. He rejected her request to intervene on its behalf. “If the highest elected official in the commonwealth chooses to abide by our decision, it defies credulity that we would permit a single citizen to stand in for him to perfect an appeal,” Jones wrote.

In related news, some judges are refusing to perform any weddings to get out of having to to gay ones.

Pink News reports:

A number of judges in Pennsylvania have stopped performing marriages altogether, following the legalisation of same-sex marriage… following the ruling, York County – which has 19 district judges in total – has just four judges remaining who are willing to perform marriages. State law gives district judges – along with mayors and clergy – the power to perform marriages, but they are not required to perform ceremonies, and are within their rights to stop entirely…

Three of the judges who have stopped told the York Dispatch that they stopped performing marriages because the issue was too controversial. A fourth claimed that he had stopped performing marriages due to ‘reduced office hours’, though he admitted his religious beliefs would prevent him marrying gay couples. A further six judges who have stopped either declined to comment or could not be reached.

And the weddings continue…

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4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Michael says:

    If living in the delusion that homophobia is “moral” and “faith” is more important to you than the happiness of other loving, taxpaying Americans, so be it.

  2. Steve says:

    You know what? I find it really disturbing how people feel as if they should go on denying the rights of LGBT people. When you think about it, it really isn’t that big a deal. I get really sick to my stomach with elected officials that continue to tear down and berate people because their relationships aren’t “traditional”. The only words I can say to this whole thing are “grow the f*ck up!”

  3. Steve Rider says:

    When exactly was it that “religious beliefs” became the exact same thing as bigotry? And what does this tell us about the nature of the Jesus industry?

  4. David Moore says:

    What is not reported yet is that a number of couples wed in Montgomery County in 2013 with marriage licenses given to them by D. Bruce Hanes. Those couples are waiting to hear from the PA Supreme Court as to whether their marriages are valid. Many of them have signed legal documents based on the understanding that their marriage licenses are legally binding. Not all couples are out of limbo in PA yet.

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