Judge who refused to marry gay couples is suspended

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A judge who employed a secret scheme not to marry same-sex couples faces suspension with no pay. Judge Vance Day of Salem, who was a Marion County Circuit Court judge, was found guilty of “wilful misconduct”. The judge, a former chairman of the Republican Party in Oregon, ordered his staff member to redirect same-sex couples to other judges to avoid marrying them. Day later claimed the decision not to perform the marriages was religiously motivated. The state Supreme Court suspended the judge for three years without pay – adding that a “lengthy suspension” is required “to preserve public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.” The Supreme Court did not make a misconduct ruling over the issue because there was a number of other charges gainst the man.

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