An ethics investigation has been launched regarding Marion County Circuit Judge Vance D. Day who said he will not perform same-sex marriages due to "deeply held religious beliefs."

An ethics investigation has been launched regarding Marion County Circuit Judge Vance D. Day who said he will not perform same-sex marriages due to “deeply held religious beliefs.”

Statesman Journal

An ethics investigation of Marion County Circuit Judge Vance Day has been launched following his decision not to perform same-sex marriages, a spokesman for the judge confirmed Thursday.

Patrick Korten, a spokesman for Day who is based in Virginia, said the judge has never performed a same-sex marriage since joining the bench in 2011. He stopped performing marriages of any kind this spring and informed his staff that when same-sex marriage became legal in Oregon to refer couples seeking all marriages to other county judges.

Korten said Day stopped performing marriages prior to the United States Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage in June.

The investigation came to light Thursday after the Oregon Government Ethics Commission gave Day permission to create a legal fund for himself. According to Korten, Day told the commission that he needed the fund to help cover legal expenses he expects to incur defending himself during the judicial ethics investigation.

The investigation was first reported by Portland television station KGW.

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