Register of Wills Seeks to Appeal PA Gay Marriage Ruling

Theresa Santai-Gaffney has taken steps to appeal Pennsylvania's recent marriage equality ruling. Photo by Republican & Herald.

Theresa Santai-Gaffney has taken steps to appeal Pennsylvania’s recent marriage equality ruling. Photo by Republican & Herald.

Schuylkill County’s Register of Wills Theresa Santai-Gaffney wants it to rain on our parade. She has filed a petition asking a federal court judge to allow her to appeal Judge John Jones III’s recent decision to strike down the state’s same-sex marriage ban. More from the Republican & Herald:

Santai-Gaffney, whose office issues marriage licenses in the county, asked U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III on Friday to allow her to intervene in the case, with a view toward appealing his May 20 order declaring Pennsylvania’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.


Any appeal of Jones' decision would be heard by the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Santai-Gaffney said the issue should not stop with Jones' ruling, although Gov. Tom Corbett, who had defended the law in court, has said he will not appeal that decision.

"An appeal is necessary so that the judicial process is not abandoned," she said. "The people of Pennsylvania deserve to hear from the court of appeals on this important issue because a single judge should not be able to nullify the will of the majority without an appeal."

One bright light in this annoying news is that Santai-Gaffney says she will continue to follow Jones' ruling until the court makes a decision. "Due to the uncertainty of the state of the law, I will continue issuing marriage licenses to all couples," she says.

You can read her motion to intervene in Whitewood v. Wolf here.

 

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  • pattrickjh

    “Will of the majority”? Has she not been paying attention? And what majority, anyhow, voted on HER marriage?

    • buzzbye

      hey flamer! take your dam hate and shove it up your flamer hole! So sick and tired of you dam flamers trying to shove you hate, your vile disgusting ways down everyones throats and displaying your vulgar unmoral behavior in public in front of our kids that we are trying to bring up the proper RIGHT WAY!

      • larry

        can’t get it up huh buzz

        • buzzbye

          No problem doing your mom last night loser!

          • BillTheCat45

            Typical response from a forever-alone virgin.

          • larry

            she has been dead for 30 years so she is about your speed

          • Edgar Halcyon

            great come-back!!

      • E.A.L.

        You too, shall have your judgement day. Judging by Your vulgar language and hatred, Children & Youth Social Workers need to give YOUR children some obvious needed guidance & attention. I pray they do not grow up to be like their misguided parent!

        • buzzbye

          Seems the only misguided people anymore are the peter thumpers and the carpet munchers. Seems the kids of these mentally deranged individuals are the ones going to see the shrinks more than ever now today than ever before. How can somebody go flamer after being married is beyond me. Its just sick, wrong . You put your needs before you kids? Morally its just below any comprehension in my book

          • BillTheCat45

            Please cry some more. You lost the war, move to Russia if you detest our Constitution so much, comrade.

  • A. Dizzle
  • E.A.L.

    Maybe she found a loop hole in the fine print that needs to be re-written so that the law is irreversible. I don’t believe any of us want to be put through what the LGBT residents in California had to endure, do you? Have Faith.

    • E.A.L.

      Thank-You for your help Theresa, let’s get this passed correctly the first time!

      from above:

      “Due to the uncertainty of the state of the law, I will continue issuing marriage licenses to all couples,” she says.

  • E.A.L.

    from above:

    “An appeal is necessary so that the judicial process is not abandoned,” she said. “The people of Pennsylvania deserve to hear from the court of appeals on this important issue because a single judge should not be able to nullify the will of the majority without an appeal.”

  • StevesWeb

    There is nothing uncertain, ambiguous, confusing, or difficult to understand about ignoring the gender of couples who apply for a marriage license. Ms Santai-Gaffney is clearly being facetious and dishonest when she claims she finds the ruling defending equal rights difficult to understand or implement.

    Since she is not telling us her true reason for seeking to interfere with the constitutional rights of a vastly outnumbered minority we are forced to imagine what is her real, authentic reason.

    I strongly suspect she believes that an Invisible Sky Monster disapproves of equal rights. She is free to believe that, and to say so, but if she wishes to be employed by Schuylkill County she should perform the duties for which she was appointed.

    My legal rights as a gay man are not dependent on what she thinks some Sky Monster likes.