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    Re: Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.

    Quote Originally Posted by vauge View Post

    He is performing a service. The state is already out of the equation after granting the license.

    The granting of the is not the end of the road for the state. The filing of the marriage certificate is. And the in between step is where you take your marriage license to someone granted the authority by the state to perform the ceremony. So the state is in it from soup to nuts.

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    Re: Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.

    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    Breaking the law isn't exactly good moral character. Also, I believe someone said he had to get elected too. That's not true everywhere, but apparently where he lives, it is true.
    It's an elected position in Louisiana, but I haven't found out how long the term of office is, I got sidetracked with this --

    This is from The Hammond Star --

    Bardwell said a justice of the peace is not required to conduct a marriage ceremony and is at liberty to recuse himself “from a marriage or anything else.”

    He said the state attorney general told him years ago that he would eventually get into trouble for not performing interracial marriages.

    “I told him if I do, I’ll resign,” Bardwell said. “I have rights too. I’m not obligated to do that just because I’m a justice of the peace.”

    JPs do not get paid for performing marriages, although the couple may give a “gratuity,” he said.
    Later in the article it states --

    According to the clerk of court’s office, getting a marriage license is a relatively easy process. Application for the license must be made three days before the ceremony because there is a 72-hour waiting period, although this can be waived by the judge, JP or minister.

    The applicants are asked if they have previously been married. If so, they must show how the marriage ended, such as divorce.

    A certified copy of their birth certificate and Social Security care are required. No blood test is required in Louisiana.

    The license fee is $35, and the license must be signed within the State of Louisiana. Once it is signed by the minister, JP or judge, the original is returned to the clerk’s office. A certified copy is made and sent to the couple, and the original is put on file.
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    Re: Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.

    Quote Originally Posted by SpotsCat View Post
    It's an elected position in Louisiana, but I haven't found out how long the term of office is, I got sidetracked with this --

    This is from The Hammond Star --



    Later in the article it states --


    Pretty interesting! (the part about the attorney general previously warning him).

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    Re: Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.

    Quote Originally Posted by vauge View Post
    There may be precedence that I am unaware of.

    Are you saying that a business man (which is what the JP really is), cannot refuse to sign a piece of paper on his own volition because race is involved?

    If so, what a sad world we live in.

    JPs in LA are not businessmen, they are paid by the state (a stipend). As other elected officials are. I read it in one of the articles somewhere (don't have it at hand right now, but I can look).


    edit - $6k in 2005 filing: http://docs.google.com/gview?a=v&q=c...mtz2KcNq5koJYg
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    Re: Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    It's his job.
    If he does it for free as a governmental service I can buy that.

    If he charges anything that is something else.
    Thank you

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    Re: Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.

    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    JPs in LA are not businessmen, they are paid by the state (a stipend). As other elected officials are. I read it in one of the articles somewhere (don't have it at hand right now, but I can look).


    edit - $6k in 2005 filing: Powered by Google Docs
    Good find!

    Great Caesar's Ghost! A Louisiana JoP only makes $6,000 per year? No wonder you don't have to have anything besides a clean criminal record and a GED to become one!

    I'm beginning to get the impression that a Louisiana JoP is little more than a glorified Notary Public.

    Man oh man! If I was making only $6K as a JoP, you bet yer' ass I'd marry anyone that came into my office - interracial, same-sex, animals, space-aliens, you name it! Just gimme $20 and face each other...

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    Re: Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.

    Quote Originally Posted by SpotsCat View Post
    Good find!

    Great Caesar's Ghost! A Louisiana JoP only makes $6,000 per year? No wonder you don't have to have anything besides a clean criminal record and a GED to become one!

    I'm beginning to get the impression that a Louisiana JoP is little more than a glorified Notary Public.

    Man oh man! If I was making only $6K as a JoP, you bet yer' ass I'd marry anyone that came into my office - interracial, same-sex, animals, space-aliens, you name it! Just gimme $20 and face each other...


    Yep, $6k per year. It is a part-time post.

    Seriously? Interracial, same-sex, animals, and space aliens are all lumped in together? OMFG

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    Re: Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.

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    Well if that's the angle you're taking then I'm jumping on board the "abolish all marriage completely" bus
    Free beer and potato chips! Hop on!

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    Re: Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.

    And here's the dirtbag racist himself:

    Justice Says Law Wasn't Broken - CBS News Video

    It's like someone called central casting and asked for a guy who looks like he wondered off the Mississippi Burning set...

    What a scumbag...

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    Re: Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.

    It appears he was well within his rights.....
    Jindal should butt out...

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