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  • Breaking: SCOTUS Justice Alito Denies County Clerk Request -- Pennsylvania Marriage Secured

    Conservative Supreme Court justice Samuel Alito has just denied a request by a county clerk to halt the marriages of same-sex couples in Pennsylvania, effectively securing marriage equality in the Keystone State.

    Theresa Santai-Gaffney a Schuylkill county clerk had petitioned Justice Samuel Alito -- who oversees Pennsylvania as part of his assigned region, the 3rd Circuit -- to halt same-sex marriage in the Keystone State. Moments ago Justice Alito, one of the Court's more conservative members, denied her request. 

    Equality on Trial notes Santai-Gaffney could theoretically petition another SCOTUS justice but chances are slim she would -- and likely even more slim another justice would grant her request.

    Same-sex marriage came to Pennsylvania in May, after a federal judge struck down the state's ban as unconstitutional, and in a surprise move, conservative Republican Governor Tom Corbett refused to appeal the ruling.

     

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    • commented 2014-07-11 00:23:28 -0400
      Tom Corbett probably did the smarter thing by his constituency because taking this ruling further up the judicial ladder would land it in front of the Supremes who would strike it down and effect the entire country, rather than just the district on one level of appeal, or the whole country if struck down by SCOTUS. Corbett, like any regressive governor, doesn’t want to be branded the one who lost the baby to the kidnapping terroist ’mo’s.

    • commented 2014-07-09 19:28:05 -0400
      It is sad when a court must act to ensure equal treatment of all people who have been discriminated against by a eroding majority of those who would deny human rights. This, however, has nearly always been the case, as with Blacks who were denied even human status in the Constitution. It is good to read yet another judge toss out hatred and rule for the right of all people to love whom they love.

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