Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.

By | October 15, 2009

http://xenophilia.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/interracial-couple.jpgA 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.”

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One thought on “Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.

  1. Ni

    That is bull. I can’t believe it. I am the result of an interracial couple, as is my brother, as are a few of my friends. I am indian from dad’s side and irish/ukrainian from my mom’s. On the other hand, we are in Canada. Beside rare, laughable remarks from people, there really is no problem.

    As for the argument that most interracial marriages don’t last, I would say that most marriages in general don’t last. I know more people who have divorced parents compared to others who have married parents.
    Cheers!

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