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Schuylkill County clerk loses bid against gay marriage

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 10, 2014 1:20 AM
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(Washington) -- A U.S. Supreme Court justice has rejected a Schuylkill County clerk's bid to stop gay marriages in the state while she tries to get standing in a legal case to stop them permanently.

Without comment, Justice Samuel Alito on Wednesday rejected an appeal by Schuylkill County Orphans' Court Clerk Theresa Santai-Gaffney.

The clerk can appeal to another justice, however.

Same-sex marriage became legal in Pennsylvania on May 20 when U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III struck down a state ban against the practice. Governor Corbett's administration decided not to appeal the decision. 

Santai-Gaffney, however, then tried to intervene. The federal judge and a federal appellate court rebuffed her attempts, prompting her appeal to the Supreme Court. 

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