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?

David

October 15th, 2009

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

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.

Penguinsaur

October 15th, 2009

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

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

gar

October 15th, 2009

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

Eddie89

October 15th, 2009

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?!

Burr

October 15th, 2009

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

Elliot

October 15th, 2009

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.

Henry

October 15th, 2009

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

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

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.

Eddie89

October 16th, 2009

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.

Eddie89

October 16th, 2009

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.

Leave A Comment

All comments reflect the opinions of commenters only. They are not necessarily those of anyone associated with Box Turtle Bulletin. Comments are subject to our Comments Policy.

(Required)
(Required, never shared)

PLEASE NOTE: All comments are subject to our Comments Policy.

 

Latest Posts

How the Media Misses The Big Story

Today's Agenda Is Brought To You By...

This Month In History, 1940: Homosexuality and Lesbianism Treated With Metrazol

Born On This Day, 1940: Mel White

Today's Agenda Is Brought To You By...

Today In History, 1808: Australian Court Convicts Two Of "Most Disgusting and Abominable" Crime

Today In History, 1865: Dr. Barry's Death Reveals a Lifelong Secret

Today In History, 1985: Rock Hudson's AIDS Diagnosis Confirmed

Featured Reports

What Are Little Boys Made Of?

In this original BTB Investigation, we unveil the tragic story of Kirk Murphy, a four-year-old boy who was treated for “cross-gender disturbance” in 1970 by a young grad student by the name of George Rekers. This story is a stark reminder that there are severe and damaging consequences when therapists try to ensure that boys will be boys.

Slouching Towards Kampala: Uganda’s Deadly Embrace of Hate

When we first reported on three American anti-gay activists traveling to Kampala for a three-day conference, we had no idea that it would be the first report of a long string of events leading to a proposal to institute the death penalty for LGBT people. But that is exactly what happened. In this report, we review our collection of more than 500 posts to tell the story of one nation’s embrace of hatred toward gay people. This report will be updated continuously as events continue to unfold. Check here for the latest updates.

Paul Cameron’s World

In 2005, the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote that “[Paul] Cameron’s ‘science’ echoes Nazi Germany.” What the SPLC didn”t know was Cameron doesn’t just “echo” Nazi Germany. He quoted extensively from one of the Final Solution’s architects. This puts his fascination with quarantines, mandatory tattoos, and extermination being a “plausible idea” in a whole new and deeply disturbing light.

From the Inside: Focus on the Family’s “Love Won Out”

On February 10, I attended an all-day “Love Won Out” ex-gay conference in Phoenix, put on by Focus on the Family and Exodus International. In this series of reports, I talk about what I learned there: the people who go to these conferences, the things that they hear, and what this all means for them, their families and for the rest of us.

Prologue: Why I Went To “Love Won Out”
Part 1: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Part 2: Parents Struggle With “No Exceptions”
Part 3: A Whole New Dialect
Part 4: It Depends On How The Meaning of the Word "Change" Changes
Part 5: A Candid Explanation For "Change"

The Heterosexual Agenda: Exposing The Myths

At last, the truth can now be told.

Using the same research methods employed by most anti-gay political pressure groups, we examine the statistics and the case studies that dispel many of the myths about heterosexuality. Download your copy today!

And don‘t miss our companion report, How To Write An Anti-Gay Tract In Fifteen Easy Steps.

Testing The Premise: Are Gays A Threat To Our Children?

Anti-gay activists often charge that gay men and women pose a threat to children. In this report, we explore the supposed connection between homosexuality and child sexual abuse, the conclusions reached by the most knowledgeable professionals in the field, and how anti-gay activists continue to ignore their findings. This has tremendous consequences, not just for gay men and women, but more importantly for the safety of all our children.

Straight From The Source: What the “Dutch Study” Really Says About Gay Couples

Anti-gay activists often cite the “Dutch Study” to claim that gay unions last only about 1½ years and that the these men have an average of eight additional partners per year outside of their steady relationship. In this report, we will take you step by step into the study to see whether the claims are true.

The FRC’s Briefs Are Showing

Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council submitted an Amicus Brief to the Maryland Court of Appeals as that court prepared to consider the issue of gay marriage. We examine just one small section of that brief to reveal the junk science and fraudulent claims of the Family “Research” Council.

Daniel Fetty Doesn’t Count

Daniel FettyThe FBI’s annual Hate Crime Statistics aren’t as complete as they ought to be, and their report for 2004 was no exception. In fact, their most recent report has quite a few glaring holes. Holes big enough for Daniel Fetty to fall through.