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PostSubject: Interracial Couple Denied Marriage License By Louisiana Justice Of The Peace   Fri Oct 16, 2009 11:54 pm

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Interracial Couple Denied Marriage License By Louisiana Justice Of The Peace

(AP) NEW ORLEANS 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.

"I'm not a racist. I just don't believe in mixing the races that
way," Bardwell told the Associated Press on Thursday. "I have piles and
piles of black friends. They come to my home, I marry them, they use my
bathroom. I treat them just like everyone else."

Bardwell said he asks everyone who calls about marriage if they are a mixed race
couple. If they are, he does not marry them, he said.

Bardwell said he has discussed the topic with blacks and whites,
along with witnessing some interracial marriages. He came to the
conclusion that most of black society does not readily accept offspring
of such relationships, and neither does white society, he said.

"There is a problem with both groups accepting a child from such a
marriage," Bardwell said. "I think those children suffer and I won't
help put them through it."

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

"I try to treat everyone equally," he said.

Bardwell estimates that he has refused to marry about four couples during his career, all in the past 2 1/2 years.

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Beth Humphrey, 30, and 32-year-old Terence McKay, both of Hammond,
say they will consult the U.S. Justice Department about filing a
discrimination complaint.

Humphrey, an account manager for a marketing firm, said she and
McKay, a welder, just returned to Louisiana. She is white and he is
black. She plans to enroll in the University of New Orleans to pursue a
masters degree in minority politics.

"That was one thing that made this so unbelievable," she said. "It's not something you expect in this day and age."

Humphrey said she called Bardwell on Oct. 6 to inquire about getting
a marriage license signed. She says Bardwell's wife told her that
Bardwell will not sign marriage licenses for interracial couples.
Bardwell suggested the couple go to another justice of the peace in the
parish who agreed to marry them.

"We are looking forward to having children," Humphrey said. "And all
our friends and co-workers have been very supportive. Except for this,
we're typical happy newlyweds."

"It is really astonishing and disappointing to see this come up in
2009," said American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana attorney Katie
Schwartzmann. She said the Supreme Court ruled in 1967 "that the
government cannot tell people who they can and cannot marry."

The ACLU sent a letter to the Louisiana Judiciary Committee, which
oversees the state justices of the peace, asking them to investigate
Bardwell and recommending "the most severe sanctions available, because
such blatant bigotry poses a substantial threat of serious harm to the
administration of justice."

"He knew he was breaking the law, but continued to do it," Schwartzmann said.

According to the clerk of court's office, application for a marriage
license must be made three days before the ceremony because there is a
72-hour waiting period. The applicants are asked if they have
previously been married. If so, they must show how the marriage ended,
such as divorce.

Other than that, all they need is a birth certificate and Social Security card.

The license fee is $35, and the license must be signed by a
Louisiana minister, justice of the peace or judge. The original is
returned to the clerk's office.

"I've been a justice of the peace for 34 years and I don't think
I've mistreated anybody," Bardwell said. "I've made some mistakes, but
you have to. I didn't tell this couple they couldn't get married. I
just told them I wouldn't do it."

(This version corrects the date of the Supreme Court ruling.)
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PostSubject: Re: Interracial Couple Denied Marriage License By Louisiana Justice Of The Peace   Sat Oct 17, 2009 12:07 am

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"I'm not a racist. I just don't believe in mixing the races that
way," Bardwell told the Associated Press on Thursday. "I have piles and
piles of black friends. They come to my home, I marry them, they use my
bathroom.
I treat them just like everyone else."


WOW....and this fool still has a job?

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PostSubject: Re: Interracial Couple Denied Marriage License By Louisiana Justice Of The Peace   Sun Oct 18, 2009 7:23 am

Some people are still living in the days of the segregated south. I heard it on CNN and was wondering what the hell is going on with him. He need some help Queen
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PostSubject: Re: Interracial Couple Denied Marriage License By Louisiana Justice Of The Peace   Wed Oct 21, 2009 3:44 am

I was wondering the same thing!
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