HAMMOND, La. (AP) - 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 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.
Really? Because it seems to me you're certainly not treating interracial couples equally to other couples. I don't know, just an observation.
And another observation. What the hell kind of explanation is it that this is for the good of their potentially future children? The last time I checked, there are quite a few people that get married that never have children. And quite the opposite, there are plenty of people that have children without ever being married.
This moron denying these two people their rights protects nothing. If they want kids, they'll have kids, whether they're married or not. If they don't want kids, now you've denied them the right to marry on behalf of an entity that simply does not exist.
This is pure ignorance. And this is true racism.