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PostSubject: Interracial couple in Louisiana denied marriage license   Fri Oct 16, 2009 6:52 am

This was in the newspaper this morning, after picking myself up off the floor. Is this for real?

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/10/16/louisiana.interracial.marriage/index.html

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.

"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.

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.


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.
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PostSubject: Re: Interracial couple in Louisiana denied marriage license   Fri Oct 16, 2009 7:49 pm

WTF...this guy shouldn't be given the opportunity to resign...he needs to be FLAT OUT FIRED...for dereliction of duties.

If this isn't blatant racism, I'll kiss his wrinkled, lily white, hairy ass!!
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PostSubject: Re: Interracial couple in Louisiana denied marriage license   Sun Oct 18, 2009 3:21 pm

I saw that on the news -could not believe it! It is flat out discrimination and it is racist and it is wrong! Heck, lots of marriages that are not interracial fail - yet that guy still marries them.
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