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First a Clerk, Now a Judge: Oregon Jurist Under Investigation for Refusing to Perform Same-Sex Weddings

For those Christians who said that Kentucky clerk Kim Davis was wrong — that hers was the wrong hill to die on — how about this hill? An Oregon judge is under investigation, with the “weightiest allegation” against him his refusal to perform same-sex weddings:

Marion County Judge Vance Day is being investigated by a judicial fitness commission in part over his refusal to perform same-sex marriages on religious grounds, a spokesman for the judge said.

When a federal court ruling in May 2014 made same-sex marriage legal in Oregon, 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.

He declined to detail any of the allegations, saying he didn’t want to defy the commission, which considers complaints confidential until it is ready to make them public.

The radical Left is trying to create a new country, one where tens of millions of Christians are no longer eligible for public service, and they will torture history, culture, and even logic to accomplish their objective. Here’s how the other side thinks:

“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 [co-director of an LGBTQ activist group] said. “It goes beyond marriage and gets to serious questions about judicial integrity.”

Got that? Unless you’re actively willing to participate in an immoral act, the Left will question your integrity and fitness for office. But does the same reasoning apply to pro-LGBTQ judges? If they’re so morally debased that they’ll twist the very definition of marriage to advance the sexual revolution, can Christians expect fairness in their courts? I think we know the answer.

David French is a senior writer for National Review, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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