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Pa. clerk seeks ‘en banc’ hearing in bid to overturn same-sex marriage ruling

| Friday, July 18, 2014
Theresa Santai-Gaffney
POTTSVILLE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania county clerk seeking to overturn a federal judge’s ruling allowing same-sex couples to marry in the state, is now asking that the entire U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit consider her bid to defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Theresa Santai-Gaffney, the Register of Wills and Orphans’ Court Clerk for...

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Pa. county clerk not abandoning fight to appeal same-sex marriage ruling

| Saturday, July 12, 2014
Theresa Santai-Gaffney
POTTSVILLE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania county official seeking to overturn a federal judge's ruling allowing same-sex couples to marry in the state, says she's not abandoning her fight, even after a U.S. Supreme Court justice rejected her bid to put the ruling on hold while she tries to get standing in a legal case to stop them permanently.

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Pennsylvania wedding facility enforces a ‘no same-sex couples’ policy

| Friday, July 11, 2014
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NORTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania wedding venue has come under fire for refusing to allow a same-sex couple to marry at its facility. The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that The Inne of the Abingtons, located in North Abington, Pa., rejected a recent inquiry by a Greenfield Township woman to host her wedding at the facility because of ...

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Complaint filed against 36 Methodist pastors for blessing same-sex wedding

| Thursday, July 10, 2014
Bishop Peggy Johnson
PHILADELPHIA -- A complaint has been filed against 36 United Methodist ministers who blessed a same-sex wedding in Philadelphia in defiance of church law. The pastors blessed the Nov. 9 ceremony at Philadelphia's Arch Street United Methodist Church to show support for a colleague who faced church discipline for presiding over his gay son's wedding...

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Justice Alito denies clerk’s bid to halt same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito
WASHINGTON -- A U.S. Supreme Court justice has rejected a Pennsylvania county clerk's bid to stop gay marriages in the state while she tries to get standing in a legal case to stop them permanently. Without comment, Justice Samuel Alito on Wednesday rejected an appeal by Schuylkill County Orphans' Court Clerk Theresa Santai-Gaffney. The clerk can appeal ...

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County clerk asks Supreme Court to halt same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania

| Monday, July 7, 2014
Theresa Santai-Gaffney
POTTSVILLE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania county official has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to suspend a federal ruling that allows gay couples to marry in the state. Theresa Santai-Gaffney, Schuylkill County’s register of wills and Orphans’ Court clerk, asked the high court on Thursday afternoon to stay the ruling while she pursues an appeal. Her request was...

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Federal appeals court rejects Pa. clerk’s bid to appeal same-sex marriage ruling

| Thursday, July 3, 2014
Theresa Santai-Gaffney
PHILADELPHIA -- A federal appeals court has rejected a county official's bid to appeal a ruling that overturned Pennsylvania's same-sex marriage ban. The Philadelphia-based U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Thursday denied Schuylkill County Orphans Court Clerk Theresa Santai-Gaffney's request to intervene in the case.

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Pa. county to require same-sex couples to marry to retain benefits

| Wednesday, June 25, 2014
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PITTSBURGH -- One western Pennsylvania county is cutting off benefits to same-sex partners of its employees unless they're married. Allegheny County officials say they're changing the policy now that a federal judge has allowed same-sex couples to marry in Pennsylvania. The county once limited benefits to those married to county employees...

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Judge rejects county clerk’s bid to appeal Pa. same-sex marriage ruling

| Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Theresa Santai-Gaffney
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A federal judge who overturned Pennsylvania's law banning same-sex marriage is rejecting a bid by a county official from eastern Pennsylvania to appeal it. U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III issued his decision Wednesday on the request by Schuylkill County Orphans Court Clerk Theresa Santai-Gaffney.

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Police officer investigated for forceful arrest at Pittsburgh pride event

| Monday, June 16, 2014
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PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A Pittsburgh police officer has been put on desk duty after video surfaced showing him punching a woman at the city's LGBT pride parade and festival. Mayor Bill Peduto said Monday the officer will remain on restricted duty for a month during an internal investigation.

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