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Interracial Couple Denied Marriage License

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  1. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    Seriously????:eek:

    Good grief
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/15/interracial-couple-denied_n_322784.html

    Interracial Couple Denied Marriage License By Louisiana Justice Of The Peace

    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.

    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 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. "The Supreme Court ruled as far back as 1963 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 too. I didn't tell this couple they couldn't get married. I just told them I wouldn't do it."


  2. Danny White

    Danny White Winter is Coming

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    Wow, that's stunning.

    I can't imagine that this guy will remain in his position for long.

    The guy will be lucky if he doesn't get sued or thrown in jail for violating their civil rights.
  3. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt °¤~Cold Eternal~¤° Staff Member

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    I am mad right now. MAD!!!

    I finally get Halle Berry in my grasp, finally got her hidden from Yeager, Finally get her to agree to marry me and this fool denies our marriage license.

    ARRRGGG NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
  4. bbgun

    bbgun Benched

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    I'm disappointed in you. You had a clear opening for a WG-bbgun joke.
  5. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt °¤~Cold Eternal~¤° Staff Member

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    To heck with you and your fake obsession for WG as a joke.

    This thing with Halle was the real deal and it hurts...It hurts like a buzzsaw blade.
  6. ninja

    ninja Numbnuts

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    So this nutcase won't marry black and white couples. What an idiot. How about white and Asian, like me and my wife?
  7. Yeagermeister

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    :shoot3: :shoot2: :shoot1: :chop: :chainsaw: :yousuck: :tantrum: :cry2: :explode:
  8. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    :muttley:
  9. DallasEast

    DallasEast Cowboys 24/7/365 Zone Supporter

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    Sometimes I get the sudden urge to just start shooting stupid people in my state dead.

    Is that wrong?
  10. Cover 2

    Cover 2 Pessimists Unite!!!

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    Hate to tell you this, but apparently I just learned your marriage is doomed to fail ;)
  11. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg Pow! Pow!

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    That quote is gold. Absolute gold.
  12. TheCount

    TheCount Pixel Pusher

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    :lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao:

    WOW!
  13. Biggems

    Biggems White and Nerdy

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    i have no issues with this as long as he has legitimate, factual, concrete evidence to back up his stance. of course, we all know he is merely talking about the small group in his area.....cause I doubt he has studied the entire US population to see the status of interracial marriages. So IMO, he is being a bigot and a racist, and therefore I cannot support his stance.

    I am angry, but not because of his stance....he is allowed to believe how he wants, that is the beautiful thing about this country. I am angry cause he is falsifying facts and manipulating percentages in order to dignify his argument.

    BTW, if this guy won't marry them, why not just go to some other JP and get married?
  14. Biggems

    Biggems White and Nerdy

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    BTW, why stop at interracial marriages...why not refuse to marry black folk, as not to spread the threat of sickle cell anemia? why not refuse to marry midgets as not to spread dwarfism? etc...why stop at one act of bigotry....
  15. ShiningStar

    ShiningStar Well-Known Member

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    yeah me too, grrr how dare this guy have an opinion, or thinking on matters, rawr, lets make him conform to our ways of thinking that way our opinion is FORCED on all, grrr that will make it a better country. Yeah, lets make sure every agrees with everyone and screw it if they think something different. Differnce didnt make thsi country great, EVERYONE BEING THE SAME DID. THINK THE SAME FOLKS dont have an opinon, we'll force it upon you. THAT way you know your place.!!!!!!!!!!
  16. Cover 2

    Cover 2 Pessimists Unite!!!

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    It's pretty arrogant of him to think that he knows what is best for others.
  17. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg Pow! Pow!

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    Interesting take, but uh...I'll take everyone thinking the same on things like racism. Thanks.
  18. bbgun

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    If you ask me, there are some same-race marriages that should be forbidden.

    [IMG]
  19. Avaj

    Avaj Peace Be Still

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    Shaking head
  20. Danny White

    Danny White Winter is Coming

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    Am I missing something here, or is this guy not an elected official fulfilling a public office?

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