US: Anti-gay marriage Pennsylvania clerk loses Supreme Court appeal

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A Pennsylvania clerk who attempted to continue fighting for the state’s already-removed same-sex marriage ban has lost her US Supreme Court appeal.

Same-sex marriage was legalised in Pennsylvania following a ruling by Judge John Jones on May 20, and was cemented as law when the state’s Governor, Tom Corbett, refused to appeal, alongside the Attorney General.

Despite the law already being in effect, Schuylkill County clerk Theresa Santai-Gaffney had earlier this month sought permission to file an appeal, claiming that she had standing to appeal as the ruling had made the scope of her duties unclear.

Her appeal had been previously rejected by both Judge Jones and an appeals court, but Santai-Gaffney since filed papers with the Supreme Court, arguing that she should be allowed to defend the ban.

Without comment, Justice Samuel Alito rejected the appeal today. Santai-Gaffney could now appeal to another justice, should she wish.

Santai-Gaffney argued that the Supreme Court had previously

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US: The What Is Butch? Campaign brings all-butch fashion to a Pennsylvania runway

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The What Is Butch? Campaign, an all-butch lesbian fashion show, will be displaying in Pittsburgh this Friday.

The show is entitled I-Dentify: The Truth Lies Within and will feature about 25 models, 10 designers, and live entertainment.

The What Is Butch? Campaign’s focus is to educate, liberate and redirect misconceptions about the butch community. The campaign works towards this goal through producing the nation’s first traveling fashion show celebrating queer masculinity.

The fashion show has been displayed in various cities across the country since their first show in October 2012. The show celebrates dominant lesbians, masculine of center persons, queer, androgynous and transmen-bodied models on the runway.

Executive producer Fallon Davis said of the Pittsburgh show:

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US: Pennsylvania clerk takes appeal against same-sex marriage to Supreme Court

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A Pennsylvania clerk who is fighting for the right to defend the state’s already-removed same-sex marriage ban has taken her appeal to the Supreme Court.

Same-sex marriage was legalised in Pennsylvania following a ruling by Judge John Jones on May 20, and was cemented as law when the state’s Governor, Tom Corbett, refused to appeal, alongside the Attorney General.

Despite the law already being in effect, Schuylkill County clerk Theresa Santai-Gaffney had earlier this month sought permission to file an appeal, claiming that she had standing to appeal as the ruling had made the scope of her duties unclear.

Her appeal has been rejected by both Judge Jones and an appeals court, but Santai-Gaffney has now filed papers with the Supreme Court, arguing that she should be allowed to defend the ban.

She filed the appeal with Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, who could either rule on his own or involve his colleagues.

She argues that the Supreme Court has previously “signaled to all lower federal courts” that they must act “to preserve the enforcement of man-woman marriage laws” until appeals are concluded, by staying a same-sex marriage ruling in Utah.

As the deadline for any potential appeals has now passed, Santai-Gaffney’s appeal is now the last stand of opponents of marriage equality in the state.

Judge Jones originally ruled that her “deep personal disagreement” with same-sex marriage did not give her any standing to act on behalf of the state.

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US: Federal court rejects attempt to appeal against equal marriage in Pennsylvania

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An appeals court has rejected a county clerk’s attempt to appeal against same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania.

Same-sex marriage was legalised in Pennsylvania following a ruling by Judge John Jones on May 20.

It was cemented as law when the state’s Governor, Tom Corbett, refused to appeal, alongside the Attorney General.

Despite the law already being in effect, Schuylkill County clerk Theresa Santai-Gaffney had earlier this month sought permission to file an appeal, claiming that she had standing to appeal as the ruling had made the scope of her duties unclear.

As the deadline for any potential appeals has now passed, Santai-Gaffney’s appeal is now the last stand of opponents of marriage equality in the state.

Judge Jones found against her last month, ruling that her

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US: Pennsylvania county cuts off benefits for same-sex partners, unless they are married

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A county in the US state of Pennsylvania has cut off benefits for same-sex partners of its employees, unless the couple are married, now that gay and lesbian couples can marry in the state.

Officials in Allegheny County said they were changing the policy to reflect a recent ruling in favour of same-sex marriage in the state.

Previously the county limited benefits to married county employees, but had made an exception for unmarried same-sex couples who were unable to marry because of state law.

Now that straight and gay couples can marry n the state, the county has decided to re-limit benefits to married couples only.

A Pennsylvania judge last week rejected an attempt by a county clerk to appeal against same-sex marriage in the state.

Same-sex marriage was legalised in Pennsylvania following a ruling by Judge John Jones on May 20.

It was cemented as law when the state’s Governor, Tom Corbett, refused to appeal, alongside the Attorney General.

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Rick Santorum Weighs In On Pennsylvania Legalizing Marriage Equality

WASHINGTON — Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage, has been largely silent on the legalization last month of marriage equality in his state, after U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III struck down the state’s ban. The situation was slightly awkward for the former GOP presidential candidate because he had supported Jones’ nomination in 2002.

When asked about Jones Friday by The Huffington Post, Santorum said, “We’re all entitled to a mistake.”

His comments came after his speech at the Road to Majority Conference, a gathering of social conservatives sponsored by the Faith and Freedom Coalition.

In March 2002, Santorum called Jones “highly qualified to assume the important role of Judge and the duty of protecting the Constitution and ensuring the effective operation of our judicial system.”

Santorum was significantly less generous toward the judiciary Friday.

“The court has to stop being the judge and jury for the consciousness of America,” he said. “That’s not what the court’s supposed to be. The court’s supposed to uphold the Constitution, not change the Constitution based on what they think is the current mood of the day.”

The movement to stop the spread of marriage equality has been faltering, with one court after another striking down state bans. There are now 19 states plus the District of Columbia that allow same-sex marriage.

After Jones’ ruling, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) said the state would not fight the ruling, saying such a case was “extremely unlikely to succeed on appeal.”

Santorum didn’t seem to have many more ideas Friday on how same-sex marriage opponents might stop the trend toward legalization, simply saying people should “go out there in the popular culture and go out there in the political system and continue to work.”

Santorum also spoke in Washington, D.C., Thursday at the March for Marriage, which was organized by the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage.

The former senator’s speech at the Road to Majority conference centered on the idea that Republicans need to start paying more attention to workers, rather than business owners, corporate interests and Wall Street. He argued that strengthening the institution of marriage is important to society, but made only passing references to the belief that marriage should be between one man and one woman.

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US: County clerk to pursue federal appeal against same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania

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A county clerk in the US state of Pennsylvania has said she plans to appeal against same-sex marriage in the state at a federal level, after a judge rejected her attempt to do so.

Same-sex marriage was legalised in Pennsylvania following a ruling by Judge John Jones on May 20.

It was cemented as law when the state’s Governor, Tom Corbett, refused to appeal, alongside the Attorney General.

However, desipite the law already being in effect, Schuylkill County clerk Theresa Santai-Gaffney earlier this month sought permission to file an appeal, claiming that she had standing to appeal as the ruling had made the scope of her duties unclear.

Finding against her, Judge Jones ruled that her

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