Thursday, October 15, 2009

Interracial couple denied marriage license

I checked my calendar, cell phone and computer. It is definitely 2009. So why is it that a Louisiana justice of the peace, denied an interracial couple a marriage license?

Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish voiced concern for any children the couple may have in the future. His personal belief is that interracial marriages, “Don’t last long,” and the children suffer.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Bardwell stated he has discussed the topic of interracial marriages with both blacks and whites. Through these discussions, he’s concluded that black communities and white communities fail to embrace bi-racial children.

I am bi-racial and turned out just fine. My reaction to this article you ask. I was confused and disappointed. I am honestly surprised that in 2009 this sort of discrimination would be so openly displayed. We just elected a bi-racial president AND what Bardwell did is illegal.

The couple plans to file a discrimination lawsuit with the U.S. Department of Justice; and The American Civil Liberties Union plans to petition the Louisiana Supreme Court, requesting that Bardwell be removed from his office.

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