Interracial couple in Louisiana denied marriage license

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Interracial couple in Louisiana denied marriage license

Unread postby pd Rydia » Fri Oct 16, 2009 10:54 am

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/10/16/louisi ... .marriage/
Interracial couple in Louisiana denied marriage license
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- Civil rights advocates in eastern Louisiana are calling for a justice of the peace of Tangipahoa Parish to resign after he refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple.
Terence McKay claims a justice of the peace refused to give him and his white girlfriend a marriage license.

Terence McKay claims a justice of the peace refused to give him and his white girlfriend a marriage license.

"He's an elected public official and one of his duties is to marry people. He doesn't have the right to say he doesn't believe in it," Patricia Morris, president of the NAACP branch of Tangipahoa Parish, located near the Mississippi line, said Thursday.

"If he doesn't do what his position calls for him to do, he should resign from that position."

The demands for Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace for Tangipahoa Parish's 8th Ward, to step down came after he wouldn't issue a marriage license to Beth Humphrey, 30, and her boyfriend, Terence McKay, 32, both of Hammond.

"I was just really shocked, because he's an elected official," Humphrey said.
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Bardwell didn't immediately return calls from CNN on Thursday.

However, Bardwell told Hammond's Daily Star newspaper that he was concerned for the children who might be born of the relationship and that, in his experience, most interracial marriages don't last.

"I'm not a racist," Bardwell told the newspaper. "I do ceremonies for black couples right here in my house. My main concern is for the children."

Bardwell, stressing that he couldn't personally endorse the marriage, said his wife referred the couple to another justice of the peace.

The bride says the case boils down to discrimination.

Humphrey told CNN that she called Bardwell on October 6 to ask about getting a marriage license, and was asked by his wife whether it would be an interracial marriage. Humphrey said she was told that Bardwell does not sign off on interracial marriages.

She said the couple -- who received their marriage license October 9 from another justice of the peace in the same parish -- have reached out to an attorney to determine their next step.

"We would like him to resign," she said. "He doesn't believe he's being racist, but it is racist."

Morris told CNN that her NAACP chapter has forwarded the case to the state and national levels of the civil rights group.

According to the Census Bureau, Tangipahoa Parish is about 70 percent white and 30 percent black.
Oh, America! You silly thing with your not-racism.

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Re: Interracial couple in Louisiana denied marriage license

Unread postby BrainWalker » Fri Oct 16, 2009 12:04 pm

Wow. I...

I don't have time to come up with appropriate words for this. But it is kind of amusing that this sort of thing still exists, after people dared to ask the question "So, we have a black president now. Does that mean racism is over?"

Not many people, mind you.

... I hope.

Here's a somewhat relevant clip from the Daily Show.
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Re: Interracial couple in Louisiana denied marriage license

Unread postby Capntastic » Sun Oct 18, 2009 4:16 am

Since when is piles a valid metric of friends?

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Re: Interracial couple in Louisiana denied marriage license

Unread postby PriamNevhausten » Sun Oct 18, 2009 11:52 am

Maybe he only makes friends with quadriplegics. And has a very strange definition of 'friends' and stranger ideas of how to treat them.
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Re: Interracial couple in Louisiana denied marriage license

Unread postby Capntastic » Mon Oct 19, 2009 1:49 am

Digg needs to have pile requests rather than 'friends'.


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