Judge’s marriage refusal: Judge Vance Day
Published: September 8, 2015
Judge’s marriage refusal: Judge Vance Day, Author George Orwell once famously penned in his exposé of totalitarianism, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”. The hypocrisy of the pigs in Animal Farm is being reminded to the citizenry present day by more than a few political pundits, especially in light of the recent Supreme Court ruling regarding the federalization of homosexual marriage.
As reported by Jonathan Cooper of the Associated Press (AP) via ABC News on Sept. 5, 2015, an Oregon judge who also happens to be a self-avowed Christian has chosen to cease from performing civil marriage ceremonies, as is a legitimate option for Oregon judges. And as cited on The American Mirror news portal of syndicated columnist and author Kyle Olson on Sept. 6, 2015, a Texas judge who also happens to be a lesbian also chose to cease from performing civil marriage ceremonies, as is a legitimate option for Texas judges.
Besides the obvious, the differences in the two specific cases has some wondering if besides being a crackerjack writer, maybe Orwell was also a bit of a prophet. As it turns out, Judge Vance Day of Marion County, Oregon decided to stop performing all weddings as of last year. Due to not only being a bit of a Seer as well, Judge Day understood that same-sex marriage was inevitable. So as to not only stay fair with everyone concerned and also not violate his religious convictions, Hizzoner opted to take a pass on nuptials.
Meanwhile, Olson and a host of other New Media citizen journalists are reminding the public of the case of the little known Lone Star State’s Judge Tonya Parker, 116th Judicial District Court of Dallas County, when she opted to also cancel presiding presiding at civil marriages. As verified by ABC News on Feb. 24, 2012, Judge Parker scratched all weddings, but her rationale was as a form of protest. As a lesbian, and with Texas not allowing homosexual marriage, Parker ceased performing legal weddings.
Obviously, Parker’s decision, albeit legitimate, effected only heterosexuals. Another difference in the two, an unidentified spokeswoman for the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct said back in 2012 that the commission had no comment on Judge Parker’s decision.
However, Day is being investigated by a State of Oregon’s Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability. With the somewhat sensational headline of “Oregon Judge Refuses to Perform Same-Sex Marriages,” the AP’s Cooper does note that the investigation of Judge Day is only “in part” regarding his religious beliefs. Without giving specifics, Marion County spokesman Patrick Korten stated there are “several allegations against Day” but the issue of same-sex nuptials is “the weightiest” of suspected wrong doings.
While many see the catalyst for certain government officials citing freedom of conscience as their reasoning for refusing to participate in same-sex marriage, the case of Rowan County, Kentucky, County Clerk Kim Davis certainly appears as the lightning rod of the controversy. NewsMax.com is reporting on Sept. 7, 2015, that “U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning has said he jailed Davis without bail in an effort to force her to comply on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling this summer legalizing gay marriage nationally. Allowing her to pay a fine wouldn’t have worked, Bunning said, because Davis has a large group of supporters willing to cover the cost.”
Choosing to incarcerate Davis without her being found guilty of any charge coupled with not even allower her the possibility of parole, the heavy-handed actions of Judge Benning weren’t lost on former Arkansas governor and current presidential contender Mike Huckabee. The Breitbart.com news service reported on Sept. 7, 2015, that “Huckabee noted that Jeffrey Dahmer, the Boston Strangler, John Wayne Gacy, and Al Capone all received bail but ‘Kim Davis-a country clerk in Kentucky who’s a Christian and, most ironically, she’s a Democrat-didn’t get bail.'”
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