Interracial Couple Denied Marriage License

Posted On: October 17, 2009

A white 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. Also he concludes that most of black society does not readily accept offspring of such relationships, and neither does white society

“I’ve been a justice of the peace for 34 years and I don’t think I’ve mistreated anybody,” Bardwell said. “I’ve made some mistakes, but you have too. I didn’t tell this couple they couldn’t get married. I just told them I wouldn’t do it.”

Sounds like stereotyping to me. Is he a man who is clear about his own biases and sticks by them or a stick-in-the-mud who needs to be enlightened? Read more here.


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