Thursday, December 18, 2014

Federal judge rejects gay marriage ruling appeal

The federal judge who last month ruled that Pennsylvania's gay marriage ban was illegal says he will not hear an appeal by a county official.

Federal judge rejects gay marriage ruling appeal

 

The federal judge who last month struck down Pennsylvania's gay marriage ban says he will not hear an appeal by a county official.

U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III on Wednesday denied a request by Schuylkill County Orphans Court Clerk Theresa Santai-Gaffney.

The Corbett administration had defended the 1996 law after a lawsuit was filed over its constitutionality in 2013, but shortly after Jones' May 20 ruling Corbett announced he would not  appeal it.

 

Santai-Gaffney had asked Jones to allow her to step in to the case to appeal it to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.

Meanwhile, several state lawmakers backed by Christian groups are asking Corbett to file an appeal. The group led by Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R., Butler) and Sen. John Eichelberger (R., Blair) signed onto a resolution urging Corbett to reverse course.

Corbett has 30 days from the date of the ruling to appeal.

"This federal court's usurpation of power is an affront to the sovereignty of the laws of this Commonwealth," Metcalfe wrote in his memo to House members.

 


 

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