No Marriage License for Interracial Couple

~Jennifer - posted on 10/15/2009 ( 27 moms have responded )




HAMMOND, La. (Oct. 15) - 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.

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JL - posted on 10/16/2009




A justice of the peace is elected or appointed by the citizens of the district they serve or an official appointed by the Governor and an Executive Council. They take an oath which they are bound to and they are paid as government workers. The Justice of the Peace is bound by the same laws and it does not state in any Lousiana laws that a judge can merely refuse a couple based on preceived "future prospects" of that marriage. He was in the wrong and may very well loose his liscense and position as he should for being a racist ignorant bigot. Anyways in what law does it state that if you get married you HAVE to have kids....

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Jennifer - posted on 03/01/2010




Falsehood #1: You have to be married to have children.
Falsehood #2: Interracial marriages do not last long.
Falsehood #3: Children of interracial marriages are not accepted by either race.

This guy is just all around ignorant. I'm glad they went public with this and he got fired.

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Dawn, he has refused to marry interracial couples in the past. This couple just had the sense to take it public.

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Well, living 45 minutes northwest of Hammond, this has been on the news a lot. It makes no sense and most people vehemently disagree with Bardwell. He has since been removed as a justice.

What is crazy to me is that his argument about it affecting the kids is moot because the couple already has a kid. The kid is well adjusted and has friends of both races.

Patricia - posted on 03/01/2010




Wow, and he holds the good book in his hands? FYI, I am white with two children and I DIVORCED after 22 doesn't matter what race you are, children of all colors suffer! Not to mention, he is NOT the one that judges in the end...I have seen and know children that come from interracial marriages (and still together) and I will be the first to tell you, that their children are ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! The only way a child suffers, is if a parent stops loving a child...does a parent of a handicapped child stop loving them? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? My new husbands ex-wife is she a bad mom? Oh hell no? Are her children suffering? No, if anything, they are loved more....HELLO!!!

Esther - posted on 10/22/2009




Yeah, people don't really accept bi-racial kids. They just elect them president of the United States. Poor kids.

Dawn - posted on 10/21/2009




I'm curious on what his past verdicts have been. What is his record like. How has he ruled on other things?

Sarah - posted on 10/17/2009




Thats the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard of! It actually seems to me (I don't have any facts to back this up) but IMO there are probably more interacial families and families like mine that aren't are starting to become the minority! Actually technically we are also interracial I think since my ancestors are mainly Polish and my husband has Native American, Irish, etc... This guy should definetly lose his job.

Katherine - posted on 10/16/2009




Hmmm interesting. Wonder where he got his stats from??? Interracial relationships are more prevelant than ever, and more accepted!!! What a jerk. Is he Nostrodamus? Are we in the medieval times here? Really? He's going to get some serious backlash, doesn't say if he was black or white, but it wouldn't surprise me if there was a drive by.

?? - posted on 10/16/2009




I think I'm gonna go into the Justice of the Peace business - I know LOTS of people who should NOT be allowd to have babies there fore I will not help them get married.....

Cause that makes SO MUCH SENSE. Really are people getting more stupid as the years go by? Or is it that people who are smart are actually speaking up, the stupid people sound even MORE stupid because the smart people are talking...?

It never fails to amaze me how people prefer to act like uncivilized creatures rather use the 'brains God gave em' to learn and grow...

Lindsay - posted on 10/16/2009




Obviously this guy is extremely ignorant. While the divorce rate is super high, it's not from people form different races but from people deciding that their marriage isn't right for them. It's a people issue, not a race issue. (if that makes any sense!)

As far as this child issue, it's not an issue with children unless they are taught to make it an issue. Madeline's favorite little friend in daycare was a black girl. She came up to me so innocently one day and asked why Kamya had a dark face and hers was light. We talked about how everyone is different and since they are made by their mommies and daddies, that's who they look like. Just as her skin was the color of ours, she had my hair and Josh's eyes. She was totally content with that answer. And the truth is, kids will only think different is bad if that's what they are taught. We try to always encourage and say that different is special. And since we are all different from each other, we are all special in our own way!

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I agree, Jo. That's why I think he should be fired. If I decided one day that I just wasn't going to work with/for a client who was doing something I disagreed with, I'd be fired for not doing my job. The same should apply to him-he's refusing to perform ceremonies that are perfectly legal and attempting to be the reproductive police, which is also illegal. And he's apparently too damn stupid to know that you don't have to be married to have children. lol

?? - posted on 10/15/2009




Iris, your daughters are beautiful. To be completely honest, if I didn't know you were Icelandic and of light colored skin, I never would have been able to tell that their parents are an interracial couple.

?? - posted on 10/15/2009




If people wanna go through life with blinders on they should avoid occupations where their duties include serving the public. The public is EVERYONE not just the people they decide they wanna serve. And people say racism doesn't exist anymore... (probably because they're racists and they don't call it racism)

Iris - posted on 10/15/2009




Who does he think he is predicting the future for people?? Maybe he should give up being Judge and become a fortune teller?!! Stupid, stupid man.
Of all my friends 7 of us are in an interracial relationships and all of us been married for 10 years or more, (one actually for 22 years) and all still going strong. And so far my children have not had any problems fitting in.
If he's not a racist then the KKK is a gospel quire.

Natalie - posted on 10/15/2009




Quoting Laura:

I heard that everybody will be light brown in 150 years :)

Have you ever seen a mixed baby that wasn't adorable? I think it sounds like a great way to go =)

Charlie - posted on 10/15/2009




*sigh* hopefully Darwin's theory will wipe these morons out .
Racists ALWAYS say they arent racist it just shows how STUPID they are .
I am in an interracial relationship and just think this man is a sad , pathetic example of human kind .

Isobel - posted on 10/15/2009




Of all the racists I have known in my life, and unfortunately there have been a few...they all have two things in common. the first is obvious, the second is that they NEVER believe that they are racist. Apparently you are only racist if you where a hood and burn crosses. Even then, to hear them talk, those guys are just trying to protect their's crazy, just crazy.

Tracy - posted on 10/15/2009




This gets my blood boiling, how dare he not issue them a marriage licence because they are interracial! What a load of rubbish. I'm glad my sister and brother inlaw did'nt have this experience when they got married.

Sharon - posted on 10/15/2009




OMG... lmao what an asshole. An ignorant inbred insipid little asshole.

Well justice is coming to him asap so I won't waste time thinking about evil things to do to him.

Tawny - posted on 10/15/2009




Not Racist yeah right!! Who does he think he is God!! I love the comment that interracial marriages do not last long really because where is his findings on this. I mean I know all lot of the same race who have had many divorces. That man does not have a saying on who gets married. I try to treat everyone equally WHATEVER!!!!!

That is really sad........

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