You're about to see a lot of posts regarding Vance Day, a judge in Oregon who is refusing to perform same-sex marriages because of "deeply held religious convictions."
Before you jump his case, there are some radical differences between his decision and Kim Davis' decision.
For the record, I completely support the judge and completely hope that Kim Davis rots in jail. Here's why:
Both Davis and Day decided to stop ALL marriage duties, not just the gay ones, but they did so because of the gay ones. So far, they're equal on this. BUT:
1. Davis is the only person in Rowan County KY who is authorized to sign a marriage license. When she refuses to issue a license, you have no other option to get one in that county. Day is NOT the only judge who can perform a wedding in Marion, Oregon. There are several others performing that service.
2. When given the option to avoid jail by authorizing other Rowan County clerks to issue marriage licences, Davis refused.
Day told his staff BEFORE THE SCOTUS RULING that any and all marriage requests be handled by other judges. He's not looking people in the face and saying "I'm not going to marry you", he's simply excusing himself from being on the list of judges who perform weddings.
3. Davis is REQUIRED to issue marriage licenses as part of her job.
Oregon judges are not required to perform weddings, they are entirely voluntary at the discretion of the individual judge. The Oregon website lists several judges who are available to perform weddings and Day is not on that list. Simple.
The bottom line is that you're going to see a LOT of people who post that story either without reading it or without comprehending it saying "here we go again" or some other such thing. Most of the headlines I've seen so far frame it to be "another Kim Davis". The two cases are NOT the same.
Kim Davis broke the law by flatly refusing to do what she was required to do by the courts, violating her oath of office, and being in contempt of court. She further denied anyone else from being authorized to do that portion of her job in her place. She deserves to be in jail.
Vance Day has not broken any law, he merely opted out of an optional duty that his job does not require and he delegated any need to those other judges that opted in. Nobody is being denied the ability to get married, no laws have been broken, nobody needs to persecute this guy.