Gayle Madwin (queerbychoice) wrote,
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In His Experience, Most Interracial Marriages Don't Last.

Keith Bardwell, Justice of the Peace of the Tangipahoa Parish 8th Ward in eastern Louisiana, refuses to perform marriages for interracial couples. As recently as ten days ago - on October 6, 2009 - an interracial couple who telephoned him was asked by his wife whether they were an interracial couple. Upon hearing that they were, Bardwell's wife told them that they would need to find a different justice of the peace to perform their marriage, because Bardwell does not perform marriages for interracial couples.
Bardwell told the Hammond's Daily Star that he was concerned for the children who may be born of the relationship and that, in his experience, most interracial marriages don’t last.

"I'm not a racist," Bardwell told the newspaper. "I do ceremonies for black couples right here in my house. My main concern is for the children." Bardwell, stressing he couldn't personally endorse the marriage, referred the couple to another justice of the peace.

     "Louisiana justice under fire for refusing interracial marriage," CNN.com, October 15, 2009
Does his supposed concern for the children sound familiar? How about his blithe certainty that he can so accurately judge which marriages will last on the basis of a single demographic characteristic that he should be able to overrule the couple's own judgment of whether they should get married?

Just for the entertainment value, let's give him a second chance to explain himself. It's fun watching people fail this miserably at trying to make their own behavior sound any less horrifying!
"I'm not a racist. I just don't believe in mixing the races that way," Bardwell told the Associated Press on Thursday. "I have piles and piles of black friends. They come to my home, I marry them, they use my bathroom. I treat them just like everyone else."

Bardwell said he asks everyone who calls about marriage if they are a mixed race couple. If they are, he does not marry them, he said.

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.

"There is a problem with both groups accepting a child from such a marriage," Bardwell said. "I think those children suffer and I won't help put them through it."

If he did an interracial marriage for one couple, he must do the same for all, he said.

"I try to treat everyone equally," he said.

     "Interracial couple denied marriage license in La." by Mary Foster, Associated Press, October 15, 2009
Yes, that's it - he tries to treat everyone equally! He equally refuses to perform marriages for any and all interracial couples.

But of course he's not refusing perform any marriages for them at all! He's only refusing to perform a marriage in which they marry each other. Or anyone else of a different racial heritage than themselves. Oh well, it's their choice, you know - no one has ever discovered an interracialsexual gene, so if they want to be treated better than this, they should just call off their wedding, end their relationship, and go find themselves members of their own race to marry instead, the way God intended. Right?
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