Commission on Judicial Fitness rules Oregon judge unfit to serve; wait till you hear why

Commission on Judicial Fitness rules Oregon judge unfit to serve; wait till you hear why

We’d all agree that the problem of domestic violence is a major problem in the U.S. Consider that spousal abuse is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44, more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined. In addition, Three to four million women in the United States are beaten in their homes each year by their husbands, ex-husbands, or male lovers.

Domestic violence is so critical that four years ago the state of Oregon trained Vance Day, a Circuit Court judge, to specially handle cases in this delicate area of law. But Judge Day’s work didn’t just stop at the bench. He was asked to join a national faculty to train judges around the nation in this prevalent issue.

His work was highly acclaimed until the Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability ruled recently that Judge Day was unfit to continue serving. As Tami Jackson of BarbWire explains:

The primary reason … was Judge Day’s refusal to perform marriages out of concern that he would be asked to officiate over same-sex unions. That would conflict with Day’s deeply-held religious beliefs, according to Patrick Korten, Day’s spokesman.

Notice that Day it wasn’t just gay marriages the judge refused to perform but all marriages. He could hardly be accused of discriminating against homosexuals and lesbians, yet this is precisely the grounds on which the commission is basing its decision.

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Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."

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