10.16.2009

louisiana judge refuses to marry interracial couples

Good to know racism is dead in the Obama era! This is worth reading just for the laughs. I've bolded some particularly funny bits. From AP via HuffPo:
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.

. . .

"It is really astonishing and disappointing to see this come up in 2009," said American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana attorney Katie Schwartzmann. She said the Supreme Court ruled in 1967 "that the government cannot tell people who they can and cannot marry."

That last bit is particularly amusing. Or not.

11 comments:

John F said...

How old is this guy? I've heard his views expressed by a number of people from my grandparents' generation. They also tended not to consider themselves racists. To further this assertion, they would usually add a helping of "the coloured people can't help being born that way."

Nigel Patel said...

Loving V. Virginia.
The ruling that says that my girlfriend and I can marry if we so choose.
Even if I was single I'd be asking this justice of the peace if he has a closed head injury or something that makes him this way.

M@ said...

My god, people. He lets black people use his bathroom.

If that's not a statement of tolerance and open-hearted humanism, I don't know what is.

bgk said...

I wonder what Bobby Jinhdal the current Governor of LA, a man of Indian descent, has to say about all this.

johngoldfine said...

I like the treat-everyone-equally part best because it leads immediately to Anatole France:

"The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal their bread."

freezemarked said...

My favorite part is when he says that he won't do interracial marriages because he's concerned for the children of such a union.

....what, he's concerned that they'll become Democratic presidents of the United States?

Gen said...

She said the Supreme Court ruled in 1967 "that the government cannot tell people who they can and cannot marry."

Except for the gays. Apparently we can still boss those jokers around.

L-girl said...

Except for the gays. Apparently we can still boss those jokers around.

Yes. That's why I bolded it.

Cornelia said...

He should lose his job. How nasty and patronizing and condescending and hypocritical this bigoted guy is!! Thank Goodness I don't need to bother with him and I needn't use his bathroom either.

Cornelia said...

Is he sick in his mind or what?!

MSEH said...

This is what Bobby Jindal had to say: "This is a clear violation of constitutional rights and federal and state law. ... disciplinary action should be taken immediately -- including the revoking of his license," the Republican governor said Friday.