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YORK, Pa. (AP) - Three district judges from York County in southern Pennsylvania say they have stopped performing weddings because the legalization of same-sex marriage has made it too politically charged.

The York Dispatch reported Wednesday that a fourth district judge, Robert Eckenrode, said he probably wouldn't perform same-sex weddings because of his religious beliefs, but stopped performing weddings because he reduced his office hours.

U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III overturned Pennsylvania's law banning recognition of same-sex marriage on May 20, and Gov. Tom Corbett declined to appeal.

Levana Layendecker of the gay rights group Equality Pennsylvania says that it's not a political act to obey the law.

The newspaper reports that another half-dozen county district judges stopped performing weddings in May, but they didn't immediately say why.

Information from: The York Dispatch, http://www.yorkdispatch.com

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