Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness Declares Judge Vance Day Unfit to Be a Judge after He Declined to Perform Same Sex Marriages!
As reported on September 10, 2015, at OregonLive.com:
Last week, word filtered out that Marion County Circuit Judge Vance Day was under investigation by the Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability. The primary reason given at the time, according to Day’s spokesman, was his refusal to perform marriages out of concern that he would be asked to officiate over same-sex unions. That would conflict with Day’s deeply-held religious beliefs, according to Patrick Korten, Day’s spokesman.
According to an email from Judge Day’s wife Mattie:
You know my husband, Vance. He has been a Circuit Court Judge here in Oregon for 4 years. In that short time, he has specially trained to identify and deal with domestic violence. He was asked to join national faculty to train other judges in this prevalent issue. He started the second and largest Veterans Treatment Court in Oregon. He has been asked to mentor the judiciary in other counties for establishing vets courts. He established the “Hall of Heroes” gallery at the Courthouse commemorating our local veterans in leadership positions to inspire his treatment court participants and bring awareness to vets issues.
Vance is now under attack by the Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability because they say he is unfit to be a judge – he won’t perform same-sex marriage because of his faith and quietly decided to stop performing all marriages. The fact is that performing marriages is an optional part of his job – there is no requirement that Oregon judges perform marriages. (Please see www.defendjudgeday.com for more detailed information on the allegations)
The Commission has piled on other charges that have nothing to do with ethical conduct, perhaps to distract attention from the fact that the marriage issue is at the heart of their effort to discredit him in the public eye. These other charges are simply window dressing, in the hope that somehow quantity will make up for their lack of quality.
Their strategy seems to be to throw every thing possible at Judge Day, hoping something sticks. And, not incidentally, to make it very difficult and expensive to defend himself.
Vance’s task of mounting an effective defense is complicated by the fact that the Commission has an unusual amount of power in its investigation. They are prosecutor, judge and jury all rolled into one, and they have the very substantial financial advantages and other resources of the state government to draw upon. We, on the other hand, have to hire our own attorneys.
The politics of personal destruction is not a new idea. In Rules for Radicals, Saul Alinsky said:
“Denigrate your opponent, then box him in, so that he must defend the accusations, rather than be able to debate the issues.”
This state-sponsored power play against Vance will have a result of damaging “judicial independence” and creating a culture of politically correct “behavior and thought police” to monitor all judges. It appears the Commission intends to destroy him, but they don’t know my husband. Vance is a congenial, humorous fellow who is not afraid to be a fighter when it comes to things that matter! To Vance’s opponents, he is just a former Chairman of the Oregon Republican Party who was unfortunately appointed to the bench by a Democrat governor. What feels even worse to them is that he is a Christian believer who is an enthusiastic patriot that they think is biased and, therefore, he cannot be trusted.
To the Commission and certain far-left groups, Judge Day’s personal decision to respectfully and quietly remove himself from performing same-sex marriages cannot be tolerated – he must be branded a bigot and found to be unfit for public service. There is a “no tolerance” policy for people with traditional values regarding the institution of marriage.
Undoubtedly, there are many judges in this nation who will face the same type of ferocious attack. Vance appears to be the first judicial target since the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage. The goal appears to be: make him an example so that other judges will not dare to push back on politically correct elites. However, they don’t know that Vance is a warrior who will not leave this battle until he wins or is expelled from office.
We need your help! In one month, my husband’s two week “ethics trial” will start: November 9 – November 20. We have competent and generous lawyers who have given many free hours to this case and reduced their rates because they believe in Vance. Nevertheless, we are discovering a case like this costs a fortune just to prepare considering numerous day-long depositions, hiring of experts, delivering subpoenas, and hiring investigators, let alone covering the copy charges.
To take this case through the end of the year we must raise $300,000. We have put in our savings and will sell our home, but we must have donations to finance this case in the next three weeks. Our friends at the James Madison Center for Free Speech have raised just over $50,000, bringing the total needed by November 1st down to $250,000. We need a whole bunch of people who will give $25, $50, or $100. We need to raise as much as possible in the next three weeks.
Will you please help?? Any amount really does make a difference. Please go to: www.defendjudgeday.com and make a commitment to raise $250 through your friends and family. There is a donation link on the website, which is really easy and secure. It will only take a few minutes. We must have $100k by Friday, October 16th, with a total of $250k by November 1.
Please stand with Vance. Please help him push back those who want to run people of faith out of public service. We all have First Amendment rights designed to protect us from this type of assault. If they win, who is next?
Make NO Doubt about it! Religious Freedom is under attack! Christians must unite and defend our freedom like our Founding Fathers.
The Founders were informed and inspired by God’s Word and precepts, as noted in the famous John Adams’ quote:
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
Our nation is racing toward the precipice of moral collapse and ruin: murdering babies and selling their body parts in Nazi-esque fashion, celebrating perversion, and most importantly, kicking God out of every societal institution.
Just because Judge Vance Day took an oath as a judge, that does not limit his First Amendment rights!
The United States Constitution protects Judge Vance Day’s decision to not marry same-sex couples because the decision is “core political and religious speech.” This is why we have First Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment and these protections should apply the same to Judge Day’s conduct.
Day’s beliefs are “rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition that defines marriage as between a female and a male.”
Day is clearly an American patriot, an intelligent attorney and judge. But this is 2015, and Obama and his administration are coming after any and all with guns blazing to force you, as a Christian, to violate your religious beliefs and charge you with an ethics violation. It is time to stand strong and strap on our religious armor!
These threats have been growing, but never have these threats been greater to religious liberty than they are today. These threats are not imagined, they’re not made up. Judge Vance Day is real and he has found himself facing persecution simply for living out his faith. This is a war on faith in America! The government is asking Judge Day to choose between government and his faith. Judge Day follows a higher power, God.
From Kim Davis to Iowans Dick and Betty Odgaard, to Judge Vance Day. Wake up Christians and unite! We must fight to defend our religious liberty!
Our rights come from God, not the government! It is time to Stand Up for Religious Liberty! It is time to Stand Up and be heard! Our country, our Constitution and our Religious Freedom are at stake!
Enough of Barack Hussein Obama! Enough of George Soros and the Rules for Radicals! Enough targeting Christians! We are in war against religious freedom!
Hey Obama! – You can NOT take our Constitution – even though you keep destroying it! You will NOT take our guns – even though you keep trying! And you will NOT destroy our God – even though you keep fighting Christians! We are America – founded on Judeo-Christian values! We will fight to defend our faith, our religious freedom and our Constitution! Suit up people! This is STILL America!
Please go to: www.defendjudgeday.com and support Religious Freedom! Support Judge Vance Day!
Because if we lose our guns, our faith and our Constitution, what’s left?
Written by Nancy Hayes
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