Judge Denies Schuylkill County Register of Will’s Petition to Appeal Marriage Equality in PA

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

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

Last week I reported that Schuylkill County Register of Wills Theresa Santai-Gaffney made a move to halt same-sex marriages in Pennsylvania when she drafted a petition urging Governor Corbett to appeal the ruling. Well today I’m happy to report she’s been stopped dead in her tracks. Yesterday, Judge John Jones III denied her request to intervene, stating that her “deep personal disagreement” with his decision “doesn’t make her a stand-in for the state.” More from Bloomberg:

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Hillary Clinton Accuses Terry Gross of Being “Persistent”

TerryGrossHillary Clinton is on a book tour (PHOTOS: she’s was at the free library Friday morning), and this week, she sat down with Philadelphia’s Terry Gross for an interview that aired on NPR’s Fresh Air.

The interview has generated a lot of controversy thanks to a rather awkward section where Gross questions Clinton on the hot topic of gay marriage.

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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:

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572 Ways Marriage Counts in Pennsylvania

Ahead of its town hall meeting on same-sex marriage tonight, the Mazzoni Center has released a sizable report laying out all the benefits marriage equality brings to us here in Pennsylvania — all 572 of them. The report, “How Marriage Counts: 572 Ways Marriage Counts in Pennslyvania, “summarizes the legal benefits and obligations conveyed by state-recognized marriage, identifying 572 individual statutory provisions that afford rights or create obligations based on marital status or otherwise pertain to an individual’s marital status.”

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Montgomery County Gay Couples Get Green Light To Marry


Last week, I reported on a loophole that prevented Montgomery County gay couples from getting married, despite the landmark overturn of Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban.  Luckily, that all has changed.

As of 8:30AM on Wednesday, May 28, officials in Montgomery County began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. A ruling on Tuesday evening lifted the court order from a year ago which banned the county Register of Wills, Bruce Hanes, from marrying gay couples after he issued over 170 licenses to same-sex couples in 2013, defying the then law.

PHOTOS: Beautiful Candids From Philadelphia Gay Wedding Ceremonies

The very talented folks over at Tara Beth Photography were on hand at City Hall on Friday to take a series of amazingly gorgeous shots from marriage ceremonies of same-sex couples.  We’re luck enough to share some of the photos of the happy couples!

Mayor Nutter to Perform Marriage Ceremonies for Same-Sex Couples

Now it’s confirmed: Mayor Michael Nutter will be performing same-sex marriage ceremonies this Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 10AM-12PM.  According to the Mayor’s Office of Communication, the lucky couples will be hitched at City Hall.

Saturday’s events coincide with the historic ruling from earlier in the week that overturned Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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