Justice Alito denies request to stop same-sex marriages in Pennsylvania

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Justice Samuel Alito has denied a request to halt same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania.

The request was filed by Schuylkill County Clerk of the Orphan Court Theresa Santai-Gaffney after the Third Circuit Court of Appeals denied her motion to intervene Whitewood v. Wolf, the lawsuit that successfully overturned Pennsylvania’s exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage.

Federal judge John Jones struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban in May and state officials quickly announced they would not appeal the decision. Same-sex couples have been getting married in Pennsylvania since.

The clerk filed her request to intervene in the case in order to take up defense of the ban, but the district court and the appeals court declined the request.

Santai-Gaffney can request the stay from another justice, but it seems unlikely to be granted

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