Pennsylvania Clerk’s Request For ‘En Banc’ Hearing To Gain Standing In Gay Marriage Case Denied

Theresa Santai-Gaffney, the Schuylkill County clerk who was denied standing in Pennsylvania's same-sex marriage case and received a "no" from the Supreme Court upon asking for same-sex marriages to be halted, has once again been turned down. This time the Third Circuit court of appeals denied Santai-Gaffney's request for an "en banc" hearing to gain standing in the case. An "en banc" hearing would up the amount of third circuit judges considering her case from three to fourteen.

SantaiGaffneyLGBTQ Nation reports:

On July 3, a three judge panel of the Third Circuit rejected Santai-Gaffney’s bid to gain standing in the case, affirming the District Court’s ruling that “if the highest elected official in the commonwealth chooses to abide by our decision, it defies credulity that we would permit a single citizen to stand in for him to perfect an appeal.”

Santai-Gaffney, who is represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom — a conservative legal group also representing clerks in Virginia and Oklahoma same-sex marriage cases — asked the U.S. Supreme Court last month to stop same-sex marriages in Pennsylvania. Without comment, Justice Samuel Alito rejected that motion.

Santai-Gaffney is expected to return to the Supreme Court to appeal the Third Circuit decision.

Some people never learn…


  1. EO says

    jeez lady, got some time on your hands? if youre such a christian crusader why not donate your energy to a homeless shelter or help abused kids? guess those options aren’t as convenient or newsworthy.

  2. aregeejay says

    I am not so sure it’s really this bimbo, as much as it is the so-called “Alliance Defending Freedom-As-it-Pertains-To-ME” group. They are stirring up clerks in various states and filing suits to overturn court decisions. This bimbo is being used as a tool, and she appears to enjoy it.

  3. Tigernan says

    Why don’t we have rules about people who litigate frivilously? She has no standing and has been told that repeatedly, but she’s going to exhaust every single option at loads of taxpayer expense – for no reason.

  4. Bart says

    Do these hateful people ever get tired blowing their money and losing?

    And I wonder if this woman knows she’s a shill. She’s now the face of hate while that foundation behind her and all their benefactors can hide in the shadows.

  5. kdknyc says

    Wolf, she’s not throwing her own money away on this. The “Alliance defending freedom” is the deep pockets behind this. She’s just some little clerk who is simply doting on this limited attention–she will be discarded like a used condom when this runs its course.

  6. disgusted american says

    …you should read her facebook page – waaaaa waaaaaaa – peopel were mean to her, sending her mean messages – regarding her stance for Jeeebus….so you can no longer leave messages on her page – just to her privately….

  7. Chuck Mielke says

    I must admit that I see this again and again, and that I even have a small sympathy for those who desperately want to make their beliefs real. I mean, it’s not pleasant to learn that one is out of step with the majority of the nation. As gay people, oppressed and ostracized for so long, we have some notion of how this feels. It is exactly that experience that has propelled our organized fight for rights and acceptance. It shouldn’t surprise us that others will feel similar when they feel their values scrutinized or opposed.

  8. Robert M. says

    Christians just can’t come to terms with the truth, even when it hits them smack in the face. This woman won’t give up because she doesn’t, can’t, won’t come to terms with the reality slapping her in the face like a cold fish. The answer is NO, regardless of how you feel about it or how your Christian masters tell you that you should feel about it…

  9. Bernie says

    I am a gay man that lives in PA and all I can say is this story and woman have me laughing hysterically! Over the years of reading about right wingers, I have come to the conclusion that they are very dim witted and this story about Ms. Santai-Gaffney proves it…..How many times does the court have to tell this woman NO!! She has no standing in this case and if she doesn’t want like her job, she can quit!

  10. james street james says

    Gaffney: The way things are going pretty soon we will no longer be able to burn heretics at the stake!

    SupremeCourt: You’re not allowed to do that now!

    Gaffney: What the Christ? You mean I have to petition to bring back good old stake burning? Heretics must be having a field day with a law like that. Running around saying things I don’t believe in!

    Supreme Court: Your personal beliefs are not law!

    Gaffney: Keep Christ in the Constitution!!!!

    Supreme Court: Christ isn’t in the Constitution!

    Gaffney: That’s heresy!! Who do I petition to burn you at the stake? You act like you’re supreme or something, like everything you say is Constitutional.

    Supreme Court: (yawning) Take it up with the Tea Party Republicans. Oh, and don’t bring any marshmallows just yet.

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