Louisiana Justice of the Peace Refuses to Marry Interracial Couple
Despite the presence of a mixed-race president in the White House, Keith Bardwell believes interracial marriages are a bad idea because of how children from such unions can be mistreated by society. So the justice of the peace for Tangipahoa Parish’s 8th Ward in Louisiana refuses to marry individuals from different ethnic backgrounds. “I’m not a racist,” Bardwell told the Hammond Daily Star. “I do ceremonies for black couples right here in my house. My main concern is for the children.”
Bardwell’s explanation did not sit well with Beth Humphrey and her boyfriend, Terence McKay, who were refused when they approached the justice of the peace for a marriage license. They’re now talking to the U.S. Justice Department about filing a discrimination complaint. “I simply can’t believe he can do that. That’s blatant discrimination,” Humphrey said.
The Louisiana American Civil Liberties Union and the Tangipahoa Parish Chapter of the NAACP think so too.
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