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Marion County Judge stops performing weddings after same-sex marriage ruling

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A Marion County judge decided to stop performing marriages of any kind after same-sex marriage became legal in Oregon.

An ethics investigation is underway after a 13-count complaint was filed against Judge Vance Day, and one of them is related to same-sex marriage.

Similarly to what is happening in Kentucky, the Judge made his decision based on his “deeply-held religious beliefs.”

His spokesperson Patrick Korten said performing weddings is not required for Marion County judges. It is strictly voluntary.

He says judges have a right to choose whether or not to perform them, and Judge Day has never been asked to perform a same-sex marriage.

Staff in the Oregon Commission of Judicial Fitness and Disability investigated the ethics complaint.

Details of the investigation have not been released. 

State officials will hold a hearing to decide what to do next, which is scheduled for November.

The Judge last performed a wedding in March. 

There are six judges available to perform weddings in Marion County. 

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