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Old 10-15-2009, 07:44 PM   #1
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Default Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091015/...rracial_rebuff

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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 is white and he is black. 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."

God damn, some of these quotes are laughably bad.
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Old 10-15-2009, 07:47 PM   #2
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Come on, he lets his black friends use the bathroom. You can't call him racist!
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Old 10-15-2009, 07:47 PM   #3
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It's ok, he is old and will die soon.
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Old 10-15-2009, 07:49 PM   #4
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What is wrong with you people?
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Old 10-15-2009, 07:50 PM   #5
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Old 10-15-2009, 07:58 PM   #6
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I know I am isolated up here in the NW, but I thought we were done with this race thing already.


Just out of curiosity, I would like to see marriage and divorce statistics broken out by race. I bet there would be some very interesting trends in there.
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Old 10-15-2009, 07:58 PM   #7
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Some one should tell this guy that "separate but equal" is racism too.
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Old 10-15-2009, 07:59 PM   #8
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I know I am isolated up here in the NW, but I thought we were done with this race thing already.


Just out of curiosity, I would like to see marriage and divorce statistics broken out by race. I bet there would be some very interesting trends in there.
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http://www.assisteddivorce.com/divorce-statistics.html

Divorce Statistics: Top 4 Race Groups:



Race Groups:


Divorced or had been Divorced:

Whites 27 %

African-Americans 22 %

Hispanics 20 %

Asians 08 %
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Old 10-15-2009, 08:32 PM   #9
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same state i started a thread about earlier "couple trades kids for a pet bird"

stay classy Louisiana....
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Old 10-15-2009, 08:39 PM   #10
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Let me google that for you:

http://www.assisteddivorce.com/divorce-statistics.html

Divorce Statistics: Top 4 Race Groups:



Race Groups:


Divorced or had been Divorced:

Whites 27 %

African-Americans 22 %

Hispanics 20 %

Asians 08 %

I'd like to see a revised edition which includes estimates of how many men walk out on the marriage and don't bother to sign papers.
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Old 10-15-2009, 08:41 PM   #11
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"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."
BEST QUOTE EVER!!!!!!
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Old 10-15-2009, 08:42 PM   #12
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hmmm i thought we were all the same race...they need to start saying ethnicist
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I thought this was settled by the US Supreme Court way back in the 1960's??
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SCIC. I think that somewhere is Louisiana.
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Yes. Louisiana is Louisiana.
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Why is it that the phrase "I'm not a racist, but..." is invariably followed by something extremely racist?
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Why is it that the phrase "I'm not a racist, but..." is invariably followed by something extremely racist?
Generally because the originator knows they are racist and/or their remarks will be interpreted as racist.
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Yea this is just bad...
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More pics of female in hooker apparel needed for....research.
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Old 10-15-2009, 09:12 PM   #22
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Tangipahoa Parrish!= New Orleans.

Interracial Marriages are daily in New Orleans.
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well...he's right about kids having a hard time


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ask me how I know
Because you're hard for kids?
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