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…