Interracial Couple Denied Marriage License By Louisiana Judge.

October 15th, 2009

I never read the Huffington Post, but I saw this tweet from @NanAron and was shocked.

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 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.”

“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.

At least he cares about the children.

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.

At least he tries to treat everyone equally.

Wow. Loving v. Virginia from 1967 is still the Supreme Law of the land last time I checked. This Judge may want to read up on some of these cases.