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Schuylkill County official eyes gay marriage appeal

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 11, 2014 4:46 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A county official from Schuylkill County is asking a federal judge to allow her to appeal his decision to overturn Pennsylvania's law barring the recognition of same-sex marriage.

U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III is giving the plaintiffs' lawyers until the end of the week to respond to the bid by Schuylkill County Orphans Court Clerk Theresa Santai-Gaffney.

Santai-Gaffney wants Jones to put his decision on hold and to allow her to step in to the case to appeal it to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.

Governor Corbett's administration was defending the law, but declined to appeal Jones' May 20 decision to strike it down.

Pennsylvania was the last northeastern state to bar gay marriage.

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