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    Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.

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    HAMMOND, La. (AP) - 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."

    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.

    "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."

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

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

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

    Humphrey told the newspaper 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.

    "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."

    The ACLU was preparing a letter for the Louisiana Supreme Court, which oversees the state justices of the peace, asking them to investigate Bardwell and see if they can remove him from office, Schwartzman said.

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

    Is this miscegenation rearing it's ugly head, or is it possible that Justice Bardwell is acting out of what he believes is the best interest of children?

    FWIW Trivia - Tangipahoa parish is where Britney Spears is from.
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    Re: Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.

    Is this for real?

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    Re: Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.

    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    Is this for real?
    Sadly to say... yes it is.
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    Re: Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.

    I just am so shocked that there's a story like this in 2009.

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    Re: Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.

    I agree with the ACLU. He should be removed from office, plain and simple. I don't care how correct this Justice of the Peace feels.

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    Re: Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.

    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    Is this for real?
    I have trouble with it passing the "smell test." It is always possible, of course, that the JOP is simply showing the signs of senility-- that sort of thing does happen.

    On top of that, LA probably has a higher percentage of persons of mixed race than any other State. It hardly seems that it would cause many heads to turn if a mixed couple wanted to marry.
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    Re: Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.

    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    I just am so shocked that there's a story like this in 2009.
    Depressing, isn't it?

    The same comment I made in the thread about the Alabama sex toys law applies here as well -- "As a transplanted Yankee, I'm amazed sometimes at how far the South has come since the early 1960's. Other times, I'm surprised at how backwards they still are."

    I wonder how old this JP is? Not that it really matters, but I'd be happier if he was nearing the end of his time on the planet, instead of being someone in their 40's or so.

    The sooner his kind of attitude dies off, the better we'll all be!
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    Re: Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.

    Quote Originally Posted by SpotsCat View Post
    Depressing, isn't it?

    "As a transplanted Yankee, I'm amazed sometimes at how far the South has come since the early 1960's. Other times, I'm surprised at how backwards they still are."
    Funny, I had very similar but reversed thoughts the first time I drove North and saw the New Jersey Turnpike, and Springfield, Massachusetts.
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    Re: Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.

    Quote Originally Posted by Oftencold View Post
    Funny, I had very similar but reversed thoughts the first time I drove North and saw the New Jersey Turnpike, and Springfield, Massachusetts.
    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

    I felt the same way when I got to Sacramento CA.... how can people live like that?

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    Re: Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.

    They should go to Loranger. There's a JoP there that will marry them. I can't remember his name, but he married me and my wife.

    Bardwell might know these folks and feels that they shouldn't be married, nor should they pro-create, too. So we might not know the whole story.
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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