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    Louisiana: Justice of the Peace Resigns

    Louisiana: Justice of the Peace Resigns

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Published: November 3, 2009

    A justice of the peace in Baton Rouge who refused to marry a couple because the bride was white and groom was black resigned. The justice of the peace, Keith Bardwell, who is white, quit the post with a one-sentence statement to the Louisiana secretary of state, Jay Dardenne, and no explanation of his decision. Mr. Bardwell refused to perform the ceremony for Beth Humphrey and Terence McKay on Oct. 6 because they are of different races. When questioned about his refusal, Mr. Bardwell acknowledged that he routinely recused himself from marrying interracial couples because he believed such marriages caused harm to the couples’ children. Mr. Bardwell’s resignation followed calls for his ouster from several public officials, including Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, and Senator Mary L. Landrieu, a Democrat.
    The article went on to say that the couple would be suing Mr. Bardwell.

    IMO, this is an appropriate response to the incident. It was not his personal belief/opinion that brought about the pressure to resign, it was his personal actions and the clear violation the couples' civil liberties.

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    Re: Louisiana: Justice of the Peace Resigns

    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut View Post
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    The article went on to say that the couple would be suing Mr. Bardwell.

    IMO, this is an appropriate response to the incident. It was not his personal belief/opinion that brought about the pressure to resign, it was his personal actions and the clear violation the couples' civil liberties.
    The question will ultimately come down to whether, or not, he has the right to deny his service to anyone.
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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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    Re: Louisiana: Justice of the Peace Resigns

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    The question will ultimately come down to whether, or not, he has the right to deny his service to anyone.
    Wrong. He denied a marriage license on a statistical possibility. Not informed facts. In other words he bull****ted what was clearly a racist decision into a 'think of the children' argument.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Wrong. He denied a marriage license on a statistical possibility. Not informed facts. In other words he bull****ted what was clearly a racist decision into a 'think of the children' argument.
    Newsflash: JoP's don't issue marriage licenses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Newsflash: JoP's don't issue marriage licenses.
    So he refused to perform the ceremony for Beth Humphrey and Terence McKay on Oct. 6 because they are of different races. Yeah no he's obviously not a racist now.
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    Re: Louisiana: Justice of the Peace Resigns

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    The question will ultimately come down to whether, or not, he has the right to deny his service to anyone.
    He was being paid by taxpayers to provide service to the public.

    That means anyone.

    If he didn't think he could do that he should have stayed in private practice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe1991 View Post
    He was being paid by taxpayers to provide service to the public.

    That means anyone.

    If he didn't think he could do that he should have stayed in private practice.
    LOL...JoP's don't get paid by the tax payers. JoP's pay to become JoP's. Then, they are paid by the citizens who use there services. Welcome to the real world.
    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    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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    Re: Louisiana: Justice of the Peace Resigns

    I've been waiting for him to resign. He is the biggest embarrassment to my state... Besides David Vitter of course

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    Re: Louisiana: Justice of the Peace Resigns

    Welcome to post-prop 8 America. Where anyone's civil rights can be voted away by a simple majority. First it was the gays.....what next....inter-racial marriages? Then what....marriage only for white christians?
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    Re: Louisiana: Justice of the Peace Resigns

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    LOL...JoP's don't get paid by the tax payers. JoP's pay to become JoP's. Then, they are paid by the citizens who use there services. Welcome to the real world.
    You are not correct. He was elected, and collected a stipend.

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