Public Official Refuses to Marry Interracial Couple in Louisiana

In Politics on October 17, 2009 by cgonzal4

Officer of the Peace Keith Bardwell is receiving some unexpected publicity this week for refusing to marry a Caucasian and African-American couple on the grounds that they are interracial.  Bardwell’s refusal to marry interracial couples stems from his concern for the children. “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.”

“Perhaps he’s worried the kids will grow up and be president,” said Bill Quigley, director of the Center for Constitutional Rights and Justice.  I suspect this may be a one-man strategy to prevent republicans from losing the White House again.

In response to accusations from the media that Bardwell is a racist, he effectively manages to use sophisticated, legal logic to conclusively prove otherwise.  “I’m not a racist – I just don’t believe in mixing the races that way, states Bardwell”. Clearly, this peace officer has an equal appreciation for both races – as long as they are kept separate from one another.  He continues by saying “I try to treat everyone equally” – to his credit, he has refused to marry about four other interracial couples.

To further buttress his point on how non-racist he is, Bardwell proceeds to mention the amount of black friends he has – by the pile.  “I have piles and piles of black friends. They come to my home, I marry them, they use my bathroom”. Bardwell no longer uses his “whites only” sign on his bathroom door, so his “piles and piles” of black friends do not have to use a separate facility.

It’s not surprising Bardwell did not get the memo about the little-known case of Loving v. Virginia. In Loving, the Supreme Court overturned an anti-miscegenation statute – effectively ending any race restrictions on marriage across the U.S.  Officers of the peace are not required to have a legal education – much less take Constitutional Law. It’s not like we learn anything in law school, right?

– Posted by Carlos


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