Sunday, October 18, 2009

Man's halt of interracial marriage sparks outrage

The Associated Press: Man's halt of interracial marriage sparks outrage:
"NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana's governor and a U.S. senator joined Friday in calling for the ouster of a local official who refused to marry an interracial couple, saying his actions clearly broke the law.

Keith Bardwell, a white justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish in the southeastern part of the state, refused to issue a marriage license earlier this month to Beth Humphrey, who is white, and Terence McKay, who is black. His refusal has prompted calls for an investigation or resignation from civil and constitutional rights groups and the state's Legislative Black Caucus.

Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal said in a statement a nine-member commission that reviews lawyers and judges in the state should investigate.

'Disciplinary action should be taken immediately — including the revoking of his license,' Jindal said.

Bardwell did not return calls left on his answering machine Friday.

Bardwell has said he always asks if a couple is interracial and, if they are, refers them to another justice of the peace. Bardwell said no one had complained in the past and he doesn't marry the couples because he's worried about their children's futures.

'Perhaps he's worried the kids will grow up and be president,' said Bill Quigley, director of the Center for Constitutional"

In 2009 this is an OUTRAGE. Any fair-minded person ought to be PISSED!

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