A Supreme Court justice has rejected a Schuylkill County clerk's bid to stop gay marriages in Pennsylvania while she tries to get standing in a legal case to stop them permanently.
Without comment, Justice Samuel Alito has rejected an appeal by Orphans' Court Clerk Theresa Santai-Gaffney.
The clerk, however, can appeal to another justice.
Same-sex marriage became legal in Pennsylvania on May 20 when U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III struck down a state ban against the practice.
Governor Tom Corbett's administration decided not to appeal the decision.
The county clerk, however, then tried to intervene. The federal judge and a federal appellate court rebuffed her attempts, prompting her appeal to the Supreme Court.