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Interracial couple denied marriage license

 
jessme
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10/16/2009 08:07 AM
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Interracial couple denied marriage license
HAMMOND, La. 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.

Neither Bardwell nor the couple immediately returned phone calls from The Associated Press. But Bardwell told the Daily Star of Hammond that he was not a racist.

"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.

"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."

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.

Thirty-year-old Beth Humphrey and 32-year-old Terence McKay, both of Hammond, say they will consult the U.S. Justice Department about filing a discrimination complaint.

Humphrey told the newspaper she called Bardwell on Oct. 6 to inquire about getting a marriage license signed. She says Bardwell's wife told her that Bardwell will not sign marriage licenses for interracial couples.

"It is really astonishing and disappointing to see this come up in 2009," said American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana attorney Katie Schwartzman. "The Supreme Court ruled as far back as 1963 that the government cannot tell people who they can and cannot marry."

The ACLU was preparing a letter for the Louisiana Supreme Court, which oversees the state justices of the peace, asking them to investigate Bardwell and see if they can remove him from office, Schwartzman said.

"He knew he was breaking the law, but continued to do it," Schwartzman said.

According to the clerk of court's office, application for a marriage license must be made three days before the ceremony because there is a 72-hour waiting period. The applicants are asked if they have previously been married. If so, they must show how the marriage ended, such as divorce.

Other than that, all they need is a birth certificate and Social Security card.

The license fee is $35, and the license must be signed by a Louisiana minister, justice of the peace or judge. The original is returned to the clerk's office.

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Anonymous Coward
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10/16/2009 08:08 AM
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Re: Interracial couple denied marriage license
There is no such thing as ''marriage'' anyway ... why make such a big deal out of a religious ceremony ?
Anonymous Coward
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10/16/2009 08:10 AM
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Re: Interracial couple denied marriage license
Damn coonasses!
Anonymous Coward
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10/16/2009 08:17 AM
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being mulatto aint that bad..
anonymous
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10/16/2009 08:23 AM
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they would need a liscense from the court house and they could have went to another minister or judge so why will they sue...cause that was how they get free money for thier lazy welfare selfs.. ..he is a Justice of the Peace.. not a Judge..........of couse the kids willbe misfits every where regardless of all of lofty idealist on such matters.. this causes the kids to recieve awful bias they would not have had otherwise.. parents really are selfish in this matter..
Bean There
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10/16/2009 08:28 AM
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That is funny since the first 'Marriage "License" ever issued in US was FOR an interracial couple.

A license is permission from the State to do a thing otherwise prohibited by law.
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10/16/2009 08:31 AM
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they would need a liscense from the court house and they could have went to another minister or judge so why will they sue...cause that was how they get free money for thier lazy welfare selfs.. ..he is a Justice of the Peace.. not a Judge..........of couse the kids willbe misfits every where regardless of all of lofty idealist on such matters.. this causes the kids to recieve awful bias they would not have had otherwise.. parents really are selfish in this matter..
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What rock have you been living under?
Anonymous Coward
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10/16/2009 09:07 AM
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Across the pond the illuminati fascists are forcing race mixing and denying freedom of association:

BNP humiliated as the party is ordered to accept non-white members

The British National Party has been branded racist and ordered to accept non-white members in a landmark ruling.

A court said the far-right party broke the Race Relations Act by restricting membership to "indigenous Caucasians". BNP leader Nick Griffin has agreed to try to amend the constitution and not to accept any new members until then.

The humiliating move came after the Equality and Human Rights Commission took court action against the BNP over the way it limited its membership.

[link to www.mirror.co.uk]
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10/16/2009 09:11 AM
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Across the pond the illuminati fascists are forcing race mixing and denying freedom of association:

BNP humiliated as the party is ordered to accept non-white members

The British National Party has been branded racist and ordered to accept non-white members in a landmark ruling.

A court said the far-right party broke the Race Relations Act by restricting membership to "indigenous Caucasians". BNP leader Nick Griffin has agreed to try to amend the constitution and not to accept any new members until then.

The humiliating move came after the Equality and Human Rights Commission took court action against the BNP over the way it limited its membership.

[link to www.mirror.co.uk]
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lol humialiated but constitution wont be changed...I mean sure if some immigrants want support party which supports rights of indigenous people , go ahead :) more money into bnps pocket...and I bet not many non-whites want to join bnp even if they can. Currently government of UK believes there is no such thing as indigenous or ethnic brit..go figure out, they are happy to replace those who have lived there 40,000 years ...
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10/16/2009 09:12 AM
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Woman you don't want to marry that Spleeb. He'll end up drunk and on drugs and beat yo white ass.





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