First, the refusal of the clerk in Ohio. Now, a judge in Oregon also refuses to perform same-sex marriages. This has energized the debate over the issue. Oregon Judge Vance Day recently started a legal defense fund to pay his lawyers in his case before an Oregon commission on judicial fitness, which tipped off his case to the public.
1. Oregon Judge refuses to marry them.
Marion County Judge Vance Day doesn’t want to perform same-sex marriages on religious grounds.
2. He has started a legal defense fund.
When a federal court ruling in May 2014 made same-sex marriage legal in Oregon, Marion County Judge Vance Day instructed his staff to refer same-sex couples looking to marry to other judges, spokesman Patrick Korten said Friday.
The issue of same-sex weddings is “the weightiest” of several allegations against Day that are being investigated by the Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability, Korten said.
Day, a former chairman of the Oregon Republican Party, was appointed to the bench in 2011 by then-Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat.
Day’s move concerned Jeana Frazzini, co-director of the gay-rights group Basic Rights Oregon. “Taking that kind of a step really calls into question how an LGBTQ person could expect to be treated in a court of law,” Frazzini said. via Chicago Tribune