Interracial Couple Denied Marriage License

Oct 15th, 2009 | By | Category: Featured Articles, Interracial News

I could under stand if it was 1966 or even if it was before June 13th 1967. But here in 2009 we shouldn’t have to go through this sort of thing. Here is the story via AP

A justice of the peace in northern Louisiana has refused to grant a marriage license to an interracial couple because he believes it would harm any children born of that relationship.

“I’m not a racist,” Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace in the state’s Tangihapoa Parish, told the Hammond, Louisiana, Daily Star. “I do ceremonies for black couples right here in my house. My main concern is for the children.”

The Louisiana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is calling the justice’s move “tragic and illegal.”

The Hammond Daily Star reports:

Beth Humphrey, 30, said she and her boyfriend, Terence McKay, 32, both of Hammond, intend to consult the US Justice Department about filing a discrimination complaint.
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Humphrey said she called Bardwell Oct. 6 to inquire about getting a marriage license signed. She said Bardwell’s wife told her that Bardwell will not sign marriage licenses for interracial couples.

The paper quotes the justice of the peace as saying that “99 percent of the time” an interracial couple will consist of a black man and white woman, and “I find that rather confusing.”

Evidently, Bardwell has long had a policy of not marrying interracial couples, and admitted that Louisiana’s attorney general had warned him years ago that he could “get into trouble” because of it.

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

Bardwell said that neither black nor white society accepts the offspring of an interracial couple, and the children suffer as a result. He also stated that interracial families are unstable, and the children of these families often end up in the care of grandparents.

“In my heart, I feel the children will later suffer,” he said, adding that “if he does an interracial marriage for one couple, he must do the same for all,” the Daily Star writes.

“I try to treat everyone equally,” he said.

Humphrey and McKay are considering filing a discrimination complaint with the US Justice Department.

We have come so far yet we are still being treated as outcasts.

Statistics for the last 5 years show that interracial children are on the rise. If this Justice was so concerned about the welfare of the children he would start up a non-profit for mixed children and not refuse to marry someone on the color on their respective skins /end rant/

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  1. Hi,

    From my point of view he is wrong, in terms of society, unfortunately he is right.

    This should not have happened. While most people say they are not racist, many talk and act as if they are.

    The act of denying this couple the right to marry may be considered a racist. I don’t see him as a racist person in the worst sense of the word. Let’s hope that society changes and he changes too.

    Best regards, have a nice weekend,


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