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Sen. Vitter Won’t Comment on JP’s Denial of Interracial Marriage

Jim Burroway

October 21st, 2009
Sen. David Vitter (Ted Jackson, New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Sen. David Vitter (Ted Jackson, New Orleans Times-Picayune)

You’d think that denouncing the Louisiana Justice of the Peace who refused to marry an interracial couple would be the easiest thing in the world to do.  The easiest — even in Louisiana, where virtually every other major elected public official has done so. I mean after all, Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court ruling has made interracial marriages legal in all fifty states — that includes Louisiana — for 42 years now. This isn’t controversial anymore, right?

Well it may not be for everyone else on the planet, but Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) isn’t ready to be pinned down. He not only won’t go on the record, and he can’t believe that every other major Louisiana elected official has. I guess he wants to keep his options open. You know, wait and see which way the wind blows:

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) both want JP Keith Bardwell out, and Tangipahoa Parish President Gordon Burgess has called for his resignation. Vitter, on the other hand, smiles and nervously ducks inside an elevator.



October 21st, 2009 | LINK

If I were in the public eye, I wouldn’t either.

October 21st, 2009 | LINK

There’s a certain logic in all of this – if one accepts the “logic” of conservative Christian leaders. If one can justify denying same-sex marriages because of supposed harm to the children, then what is to stop one from attempting to deny interracial marriages because of supposed harm to the children? Consider this the slippery slope on the other side of the mountain!

October 21st, 2009 | LINK

I believe he’s said his statement, then. It’s hard for me to think anything else. Then again, it’s hard for me to think any less of Vitter.

October 22nd, 2009 | LINK

That uppity interracial couple is just trying to destroy the family and society. They asking to be given special rights not equal rights. They already have equal rights; they’re perfectly free to marry someone of their own race JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE.

Chris McCoy
October 22nd, 2009 | LINK

Dear Senator Vitter, Thank you for making the 2010 Senatorial election so much easier for your opponent.

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