The Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability has issued a scathing recommendation for the removal of Marion County Circuit Judge Vance Day from the bench due to discriminately, unethical acts.
The 48-page report detailed disturbing accounts of misconduct by Day. The nine-member commission found that Day instructed staff to delay committing to marriage ceremonies until they could investigate to determine if the ceremony would involve gay or lesbian couples. The commission found “Judge Day is a Christian whose firmly held religious beliefs include defining marriage as only between a man and a woman.” However, U.S. District Judge Michael McShane had already ruled in May 2014 that such marriages were constitutionally protected when he overturned Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage.
Day was also accused by Marion County Circuit Judge Cheryl Pellegrini telling her that he was opposed to her appointment because she is a lesbian. He insists that he said he opposed her appointment because she was a government lawyer. He was also accused by Presiding Judge Jamese Rhoades of making a political threat when he refused to remove a portrait of Adolph Hitler in a “Hall of Heroes” artwork display. He told her that powerful people would object. In fairness to Day, he insisted that he had put up the portrait to honor those who fought in World War II. Given that stated purpose, it is surprising to see Day described as a “Hitler lover” in some coverage.
He was also accused of hiring people who were on probation from this court and even allowing a felon to handle a guy to teach his son to shoot. A Navy seal said that Day texted him and invited him to a wedding to “show him off.”
Day was appointed to be a Marion County Circuit judge in 2011 and elected in 2012.
Source: Oregon Live