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Louisiana Interracial Couple Denied Marriage License

Jim Burroway

October 15th, 2009

Good lord, what century is this?

A Louisiana justice of the peace said he refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple out of concern for any children the couple might have. Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish, says it is his experience that most interracial marriages do not last long.

Neither Bardwell nor the couple immediately returned phone calls from The Associated Press. But Bardwell told the Daily Star of Hammond that he was not a racist. “I do ceremonies for black couples right here in my house,” Bardwell said. “My main concern is for the children.”

…If he does an interracial marriage for one couple, he must do the same for all, he said.

How’s that for a slippery slope?



October 15th, 2009 | LINK

This feels like it must be a prank or political statement of some kind. One that I think will resonant in a positive way.

Lindoro Almaviva
October 15th, 2009 | LINK

well, he says he only marries black couples, so he is not saying he performs (or has performed)marriages for either white or interracial couples, so in that case i do not see a slippery slope.

Actually, I am glad to see cases like this. I find it fascinating that people will get angry over someone telling a couple they can not marry because of their race and yet be very comfortable with tellime me I can not marry my BF.

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Lindoro he said he marries blacks to prove he’s not racist, he never said he only marries them.

David, this is Louisiana. The place that makes us Texans look progressive and intelligent in comparison. I have no problem believing this is true.
I don’t think its a coincidence Texans gets more racist the closer you get to the Louisiana border.

I’m loving this story, these people are gonna win this lawsuit without a fight and I get to watch bigots furiously deny that all their arguments against gay marriage can be applied here. Very easily, most of the time all it takes is switching out “same-sex” with “interracial”

Lindoro Almaviva
October 15th, 2009 | LINK

This is funny. Take a look at the amount of outraged people in the
Yahoo boards

It never ceases to amaze me how people react to situations like this and they actually do not see the hypocrisy of their words

October 15th, 2009 | LINK

Worst Persons nominee. I’ll watch Keith Olbermann to see if he makes the cut.

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From the article:

“It is really astonishing and disappointing to see this come up in 2009,” said American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana attorney Katie Schwartzman. “The Supreme Court ruled as far back as 1963 that the government cannot tell people who they can and cannot marry.”

Has Ms. Schwartzman NOT heard of DOMA?!

And she’s an attorney for the ACLU?!

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She could be implying by omission that DOMA itself is unconstitutional.

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NOM should make an ad for this poor poor man who is being discriminated against for simply believing that marriage is between one man and one woman of the same ethnicity.

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of course he has a right to be concerned about the children. as everyone knows, there are negative consequences of being a product of interacial parents, like becoming president of the unites states.

Christopher Waldrop
October 16th, 2009 | LINK

Even though it’s none of the judge’s business, what if this couple didn’t plan to have children? Would he still deny them the right to marry? I find it pretty appalling that he would deny them the right simply because he “says it is his experience that most interracial marriages do not last long”.

Approximately fifty-percent of marriages end in divorce. According to Bardwell’s logic no one should get married then.

Timothy Kincaid
October 16th, 2009 | LINK

Does this sound familiar? It should:

Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish, says it is his experience that most interracial marriages do not last long.

Bardwell told the Daily Star of Hammond that he was not a racist

“My main concern is for the children.”

“I don’t do interracial marriages because I don’t want to put children in a situation they didn’t bring on themselves,” Bardwell said. “In my heart, I feel the children will later suffer.”

“I try to treat everyone equally,” he said.

Just change the words – you know the ones – and you could hear these exact same statements from NOM or any other anti-gay marriage group.

October 16th, 2009 | LINK

NOM won’t go near this with a ten foot pole, because Maggie Gallagher is in an interracial marriage.

She’s married to a man of Indian descent, Raman Srivastav.

October 16th, 2009 | LINK

Another irony is that President Obama was in Louisiana and he’s the product of an interracial couple!

So much for “the children will suffer” according to Judge Bardwell.

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