The Next Kim Davis?

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Let’s pause a moment to savor and celebrate that on Monday morning Kim Davis will be back at work in Rowan County, Ky. She not only survived, she has triumphed, thanks to a special extralegal conscience protection fashioned specifically for her by Judge David Bunning.

Let’s savor it a moment and then ask:

Is Vance Day the next Kim Davis?

Judge Day is an Oregon county judge who has refused to perform same-sex weddings after they became legal in Oregon in 2014, referring such requests to other Marion County officials willing to perform the ceremonies.

According to Oregon media, Judge Day learned on June 23 that Oregon’s judicial-ethics commission was investigating not only that complaint but a dozen others that suddenly materialized against him, ranging from a dispute over a soccer field to the allegation that he hung a picture of Hitler in the courthouse. The latter is true, sort of: The painting, he says, was a spoil of war from World War II, from a vet who helped fight the good fight against Hitler, and is overlaid with photos of other veterans who helped defeat Hitler. (See the display here.)

The media learned of it on September 3, when Judge Day requested permission to form a legal-defense fund.

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