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Oregon judge under investigation for refusing to perform same-sex weddings

Day denies he broke ethics rules and says the proceedings against him violate his constitutional rights to free speech, free association and religious expression.

The judicial fitness commission is scheduled to meet in an adversarial hearing, similar to a trial, on Nov. 9 in Salem. A panel of judges, lawyers and members of the public will decide whether sanctions are warranted and make recommendations to the Oregon Supreme Court, which has the final say.

While the judicial fitness commission gets dozens of complaints each year, it’s rare for one to result in a formal disciplinary proceeding. Since 2007, five judges have been referred to the Supreme Court for sanctions, said Susan Isaacs, the commission’s executive director.

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