Thursday, October 15, 2009

Racsim Still Very Much Alive and Well in the South

Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.

Louisiana Justice of the Peace refuses to issue marriage license to interracial couple

(AP) 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.

Neither Bardwell nor the couple immediately returned phone calls from The Associated Press. But Bardwell told the Daily Star of Hammond that he was not a racist.

"I do ceremonies for black couples right here in my house," Bardwell said. "My main concern is for the children."

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.

"I don't do interracial marriages because I don't want to put children in a situation they didn't bring on themselves," Bardwell said. "In my heart, I feel the children will later suffer."

If he does an interracial marriage for one couple, he must do the same for all, he said.

"I try to treat everyone equally," he said.

Thirty-year-old Beth Humphrey and 32-year-old Terence McKay, both of Hammond, say they will consult the U.S. Justice Department about filing a discrimination complaint.

Humphrey told the newspaper 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.

"It is really astonishing and disappointing to see this come up in 2009," said American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana attorney Katie Schwartzman. "The Supreme Court ruled as far back as 1963 that the government cannot tell people who they can and cannot marry."

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, Schwartzman said.

"He knew he was breaking the law, but continued to do it," Schwartzman 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'd like to see what Gov. Bobby Jindall's reaction to this is. I hope he doesn't pull a Limbuagh and claim this isn't blatantly racist, because it is blatantly illegal.


T. Paine said...

I hope Governor Jindall would clearly and loudly decry the denial of this couple's rights. In fact, I would be very suprised if he would do otherwise.

I KNOW that Rush would absolutely rule on the side of the couple were he in a position of power to do so. The fact that you think otherwise only proves that you bought into the libelous quotes you wrote in earlier retorts and posts.

They all were unequivocally lies perpetrated by the left. If Rush were not a public person, he would have a very winnable slander lawsuit against the idiots that perpetrated these lies against him.

But if you actually listened to Rush instead of just taking the word of those that would be his enemies, you would already know this, sir.

Snave said...

And let us all give thanks that Rush is not really in a position of power.

But hey, if he likes power as much as he seems to, why doesn't he run for public office? I highly doubt he would win in an election. Better for him to hide behind his microphone, I guess.

T. Paine said...

Rush, when asked why he doesn't run for office has said that he doesn't want to deal with the huge pay cut, besides with the hatred from the left, I am not sure the Secret Service could protect him.

Also, I saw Governor Jindall say that he wants this Justice of the Peace removed from office.

I still don't know why the left gets away with calling the right racist and making up lies to support their bogus claims to boot.

This is especially true in light of the Dixiecrat tradition and the fact that when it comes to civil rights there were huge numbers of the right that were right alongside Dr. King and others in the fight.

Dave Splash said...

Remember, Paine that Dixiecrats were conservatives who left the Democratic Party as it embraced civil rights and moved left. Let's not revise history as those on the right love to do these days. Strom Thurmond, the Dixicrat candidate for president in 1948 was hardly a liberal.

I am glad that Bobby Jindall is trying to have this Justice of the Peace removed from office.

Dave Splash said...

One odd thing, though. Sen. David Vitter has not weighed in on this issue. Maybe he's too busy with his hookers.