Oregon Judge In Ethics Probe For Refusing To Marry Gays
Marion County Judge Vance Day is also a chair of the Oregon Republican Party. What a surprise.
His staff has been instructed to refer inquiring same-sex couples to other judges. Thursday it became public that Day is facing an ethics investigation.
Day’s decision to cease performing all marriages arrived before the Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide in June 2015. Instead, his refusal to solemnize ceremonies was in response to Oregon’s legalization of same-sex marriage a year beforehand…
According to spokesman Patrick Korten, Day’s “deeply-held religious beliefs” prohibit him from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, KGW reports.
“It’s an exercise of his religious freedom rights under the First Amendment,” says Korten.