(THE DAILY BEAST)
By Jay Michaelson
Judge Vance Day is accused of being an anti-gay zealot and of hanging a photo of Hitler in his courthouse. But he may actually be right.
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In Oregon, where Judge Day serves as a county circuit court judge, same-sex marriage has been legal since May 2014. At that time, according to a statement filed yesterday by Oregon’s Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability, Judge Day began “screening, or having his staff screen, wedding applicants to ensure that they were not same-sex applicants, which he refused to marry before he discontinued presiding over weddings.”
That action raised the ire of the ACLU and other organizations fighting nationally against public officials refusing to recognize same-sex marriage—including, most famously, Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who has become the poster child for the movement. A spokesman for the ACLU said that Judge Day’s screening of same-sex couples, while legal, raised questions about his impartiality. “It starts to look like state-sanctioned discrimination,” he told local press in Oregon.
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