Here’s a story that sound like it belong in the 1970’s and earlier not 2009. A justice of the peace in Hammond Louisiana in Suburban New Orleans has denied a interracial couple a martial licence out of concern for the children.
Justice of the Peace Keith Bardwell of Tangipahoa Parrish says from his experience with interracial couples that the marriage don’t survive. Neither Justice Bardwell nor the couple in questions returned calls from the AP.
But Bardwell told the local paper in Hammond the Daily Star he was not a racist. He has in the past married blacks in his home.
“I do ceremonies for black couples right here in my house,” Bardwell said. “My main concern is for the children.”
Bardwell have talked to both blacks and whites have conduced that black community and saw interracial black society has accepted children of these relationships and neither does white society .
“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.”
The couple 30 year old Beth Humphrey and her fiancee 32 year old Terrance Mc Kay both of Hammond, are considering filing a complaint with US Justice Department. Humphrey has told the Daily Star that she contacted Bardwell on October 6 about obtaining a marriage license. When the justice of the peace refused to grant the marriage.
The ACLU of Louisana has commented on the case.
“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 will ask the Louisana Supreme Court to investigate Bardwell and remove him from office if necessary.