Thursday, October 15, 2009

Louisiana Justice of the Peace Refuses to Marry Interracial Couple

A Louisiana justice of the peace refused to grant a marriage license to an interracial couple, despite knowing such a move is illegal. Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish, cited concerns over the biracial children that would result.

Bardwell said that in his experience shows neither black nor white society accepts such biracial children. He also stated that interracial marriages do not last long. Thus, he refuses to grant marriage license for any interracial couples. He said:
“I’m not a racist. I do ceremonies for black couples right here in my house. My main concern is for the children.”
I would be interesting to find out what Bardwell thinks of interracial couples of other races. For example, in California, it's quite common for Japanese-Americans to marry Caucasians. And in California, at least, there is no such issue with acceptance.

It is in fact true that Bardwell's act is illegal. In 1963, in the case of Loving vs. Virginia, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the government cannot prohibit marriages simply because of the race of the spouses. Thus, Bardwell's stance is over 50 years out of date.

Bardwell has been a justice of the peace for 34 years. This is his final term, though it does not end until 2014.

Beth Humphrey, 30, said she that and her fiance, Terence McKay, 32, both of Hammond, intend to consult the U.S. Justice Department about filing a discrimination complaint.

Humphrey called Bardwell on Oct. 6th to ask about getting a marriage license signed. It was Bardwell's wife who spoke to Humphrey on the phone and told her of his stance. She also told Humphrey to consult Justice of the Peace Terri Crosby of Tickfaw; Crosby agreed to sign the license.

American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana attorney Katie Schwartzman said that 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. She added:
"It is really astonishing and disappointing to see this come up in 2009. The Supreme Court ruled as far back as 1963 that the government cannot tell people who they can and cannot marry. He knew he was breaking the law, but continued to do it."
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44 comments:

edwin sanchez said...

There is no need to back track on this country's racist past...we are having trouble with marrying the gays nowadays...lets stay focused.

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Good for the justice for standing up for his beliefs! Hes a courageous man and an inspiration!

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I think he should have his license taken away and the couple should go elsewhere to get married instead of being in that bootleg town.

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This guy is a joke.

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Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish, says it is his experience that most interracial marriages do not last long.

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It is really disappointing to see this come up in 2009.

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It's quite common for Japanese-Americans to marry Caucasians. And in California, at least, there is no such issue with acceptance.

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He stated that interracial marriages do not last long.

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I think interracial couple marriage is not illegal they have right to marry any one as per human right...

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It is in fact true that Bardwell's act is illegal.Thanks

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Bardwell has been a justice of the peace for 34 years. This is his final term, though it does not end until 2014.

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Well, if this man's opinion counts for so much, why doesn't he give all his money to them so they can find different partners?

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Its really interesting to find out what Bardwell thinks of interracial couples of other races.

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I respect "Louisiana Justice" decision because She is so famous for his decisions and her decision against marriage is so correct...

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I don't think that is the business of anyone except the couple involved. It is their choice and not up to any one else to judge them.

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They do do ceremonies for black couples right here in my house.

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One should not allow personal prejudices to interfere with professional obligations.

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The Supreme Court ruled as far back as 1963 that the government cannot tell people who they can and cannot marry!!

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In the case of Loving vs. Virginia, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the government cannot prohibit marriages simply because of the race of the spouses!!

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THIS IS NOT DONE! According to me its a wrong decision.World has moved so forward!racialist thinking should not exist.In today's era even gays r been permitted.Interesting......

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I think its its wrong. I truly hope the rejected couple takes legal action against this justice of the peace as well the judicial system of Louisiana who condoned such conduct.

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the government cannot prohibit marriages simply because of the race of the spouses!!

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I think U.S. Supreme Court cannot prohibit marriages simply, they should allow personal prejudices, they cannot make it professional obligations.

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I agree with the justice,he taken decision on the base of experience,it will be create problems for children...

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Bardwell's act is illegal,i agree.interracial marriages do last long...nowadays love marriages are common enough and thus so the intercaste marriage and society has to accept such biracial children.

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Its 21st century mannn! everything is accepted-love and inter racial marriages and their children too..It is really disappointing to know that Louisiana justice of the peace refused to grant a marriage license to an interracial couple.

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According to me its nuisance to hear that-A Louisiana justice of the peace refused to grant a marriage license to an interracial couple, despite knowing such a move is illegal.Well,its modern era,no one now should mind these interracial marriages..

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Though according to me his decision is wrong to refuse to grant a marriage license to an interracial couple,but he is not the enemy of this couple..as acc to his experience neither black nor white society accepts such biracial children and interracial marriages do not last long....he is thinking for their better on his part..

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This justice of the peace has the right to recuse himself from a situation he does not wish to be part of. He did not say they could not marry, he just didnt want to be part of something he does not believe in..

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Well the judicial system of Louisiana who condoned such conduct.

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There are some ethics which are like bound or a bound but I think they have to freedom of marriage with anyone even black or white society biracial children and should be include this in human rights..

Pepe Fanjul Jr. said...

If Bardwell's experience was bad it doesnot mean that the same will happen with others too...In todays generation racism doesnot exist now!despite knowing such a move is illegal,how could he refused to grant a marriage license to an interracial couple....

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Well according to me nowadays it is not the matter of seriousness..it has become common..inter racial marriages now are not a big deal!

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