Marion County Judge Vance Day has not performed a single marriage since spring, a reaction to his state of Oregon legalizing same-sex marriage back in May 2014. 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.
Day is a former chairman of the Oregon Republican Party.
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.
The Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability launched the investigation into Day’s ethical conduct.
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