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Louisiana Official Refuses to License Interracial Marriage

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Posted on Oct 15, 2009
Obama campaign / Boston.com

President Obama’s parents would not have gotten a license from Keith Bardwell.

Keith Bardwell, a Louisiana justice of the peace, may be in hot water for refusing to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple. “I just don’t believe in mixing the races that way,” Bardwell says, because he thinks it’s cruel to the children produced by such unions.

Someone tell this man we’re living in the year 2009 and our president is the product of an interracial marriage.  —PZS

AP via Yahoo:

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.”

[...] Beth Humphrey, 30, and 32-year-old Terence McKay, both of Hammond, say they will consult the U.S. Justice Department about filing a discrimination complaint.

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By Victor, October 21, 2009 at 5:32 am Link to this comment
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Ok, I rest my case. Apologies if I hurt anyone’s sentiments. I sure hope the world becomes truly color blind. God bless.

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By ardee, October 21, 2009 at 3:31 am Link to this comment

Victor, October 20 at 6:54 am

I hate to pile on here, but you skewer yourself. Having married an Asian myself , having spent a part of our honeymoon in Tokyo as well, I can attest to the fact that many were far from happy that she didnt marry a Japanese man.

As to your comments about black/white sex, methinks you may very well be what bulldawg believes you to be…..do you ever think before you post?

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By Inherit The Wind, October 20, 2009 at 5:04 pm Link to this comment

But now, people are getting into inter racial relationships SOLELY because of the differences in skin color. Now, is that racist ? Asian girls desperately seeking to marry white guys so they can feel superior to their asian friends married/dating their own kind because ‘whitness’ is ingrained in their culture. Likewise, blacks dating/marrying whites because sex is better / social status etc. Is this what you would like our society to embrace?
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How do you know this? Is God whispering in your ear? What POSSIBLE factual basis do you have for making such an assumption?  How do YOU know what is in people’s hearts?  It’s also contradictory: Interracial marriage was a POLITICAL statement in the 50’s and 60’s.  Now it’s not.

As for the mail-order brides, maybe they just don’t want to be POOR and it has NOTHING to do with skin color.

Since 50% of all marriages fail it is safe to assume that LOTS of people get into marriage for the wrong reasons—about half!

I agree with Bulldawg.

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By Victor, October 20, 2009 at 3:54 am Link to this comment
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Buldawg, thanks again for your kind comments. Perhaps you can enlighten me on what this discussion is all about. I am not categorically saying all inter racial relationships are inappropriate. Please go back and read my first post. I repeat lust can never ever be a good reason for marriage. And for the examples that ‘Inherit the Wind’ is talking about, I am fairly sure these people in succesful interracial relationships were most likely oblivious of their differences based on skin color. In other words, they decided to be in a relationship based on trust, respect and mutual understanding. But now, people are getting into inter racial relationships SOLELY because of the differences in skin color. Now, is that racist ? Asian girls desperately seeking to marry white guys so they can feel superior to their asian friends married/dating their own kind because ‘whitness’ is ingrained in their culture. Likewise, blacks dating/marrying whites because sex is better / social status etc. Is this what you would like our society to embrace?

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By buldawg, October 19, 2009 at 8:14 pm Link to this comment

Gotta repeat…Victor is an idiot. This article he cites is interesting but not relevant
to this issue. The couple are NOT an interracial couple. The couple and family in
this article are Black…the three children all have albinism, a genetic mutation. So
while these kids may suffer from looks and teasing, it has nothing to do with the
idiot JPs excuse for not marrying this young couple in LA.
There is no way to shade the truth here… This JP is racist, always has been, always
will be. He needs to be fired and ran out of town on a rail. He and his bitch wife
too. And Victor is an idiot who doesn’t even understand what this discussion is all
about.

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By Inherit The Wind, October 19, 2009 at 7:52 pm Link to this comment

Victor:

Funny you should cite Brazil. We have a friend who is Brazilian and olive-skinned.  He has a brother with red hair and freckles and a nephew who is a beautiful chocolate brown.  Yet they are all one loving and fighting family.

I’ve known multiple successful marriages of interracial couples of various combination. I suggest you look at Pete Seeger’s 60+ year marriage to Toshi Seeger as an example.  Even such arch-reactionaries as Phil and Wendy Gramm are an interracial couple—and a successful marriage at that.

But, clearly YOU are thinking of a marriage of a Black man and a White woman.  I can instantly think of 3 successful such marriages that I know.

And, as the father of a child of a different race than me, I can GUARANTEE you that in the home, the race of every person is meaningless.

I find it disgusting that we think skin color is somehow more significant than eye color.  BTW, I’m the ONLY one in my family without brown eyes. Both my Caucasian son, and my Mayan son have brown eyes, as does my Caucasian wife.  Why am I not considered the one who is different?

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By Victor, October 19, 2009 at 12:44 am Link to this comment
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The future of America -

http://www.eurthisnthat.com/2009/09/06/black-brazilian-couple-have-5-kids-but-3-are-white/

Brazil is the world’s most heterogenuous country i.e where the most interracial relationships have happened.

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By buldawg, October 18, 2009 at 5:25 pm Link to this comment

Victor, you are an absolute idiot. Who did you get to write your racist remarks for
you as I doubt you are intelligent enough to write. Interracial couples and
interracial children are fully accepted in the vast majority of society. The only
problem that any of us have are idiots like you and that idiot JP. You should go on
down there and move in with the JP so you girls can comfort each other every
night.

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By Victor, October 18, 2009 at 8:50 am Link to this comment
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I am convinced the decline of America has begun ! I am not surprised at what the judge did, but I am thoroughly surprised at all the anti judge comments here . Obama is an excepton, thanks to the excellent upbringing, support and advise his educated white grandparents could give. Most interracial marriages that we see around , whether its white-black or white -asian , are simply a result of lust gone overboard. And lust can never make a good enough reason to select a life long companion / partner.

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By Inherit The Wind, October 16, 2009 at 6:47 pm Link to this comment

I thought America had progressed…...., October 16 at 10:18 am #
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What the heck is wrong with marrying someone outside your race? He obviously doesn’t not know the year is 2009 not 1967. One of the most important people of the moment is “interracial” (Obama). I am mexican and married to a white man. Soooo!!!! big deal. We have a beautiful son he has my dark hair and skin tone and my husband’s eye color. It is a beautiful mix. I am proud that he will be billingual. He is just as smart as any all-white or all-mexican person. Keith Bradwell says he tries to treat everyone equal. But by denying a marriage license to someone for the sole reason of being an interracial couple is just plain stupid and racist. Yes! all people that are racist are stupid to me…....
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When we were adopting our second child, we asked our first (not adopted, but a HUGE advocate of our adopting) what he might think if our new child wasn’t Caucasian. He said: “He’ll be my brother. People who care about stuff like that are stupid!”  he was 9 then.  And his brother is from Latin America….

Genetically, inter-racial marriage is GOOD for the human species.  The further apart the parents are in ANY species, the healthier the children are. It’s even got a name: “Hybrid Vigor”.  It’s contrary is true, too—the closer the relation, the more negative genetic mutations and disease show up.  Think of dysplasia in dogs, or hemophilia in the crowned heads of Europe.  The Hapsburg lip, or the vestigial tails were other “Royal” features.  They weren’t better than the Common Man—they were inferior (genetically speaking, of course).

I’m sure there are sane, rational people in Louisiana.  There are even some in Utah.  Just not enough…..

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By Timber, October 16, 2009 at 12:57 pm Link to this comment
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Someone needs to ask Mr. Bardwell how he feels about marring FIRST Cousins? I would think that inter breeding is far more problematic than interracial marriages and their off springs.

Someone needs to tell the couple to check his families genetic background? Why his family tree is all connected? Why is there so much deformity in his family? Maybe some families have to pay someone to marry into their family to try and weed out all the interfamily blood.

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By chris brown, October 16, 2009 at 9:23 am Link to this comment
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I think he should have his license taken away and the couple should go elsewhere to get married instead of being in that bootleg town.

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By john stagg, October 16, 2009 at 9:01 am Link to this comment
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It is sad to say that in most interracial relationships the female is white. If black men seek white females does this not constitute racism by the black men. Is it not true that white females are the most attractive of the species. If none white males believe this then they are contributing to the extermination of the white race. If you mix a white with any other race the white genes will be bread out of existence. Since many black and hispanic people are racist toward white people what better way to exterminate the white race. They don’t need concentration camps to get rid of white people!

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By de profundis clamavi, October 16, 2009 at 9:01 am Link to this comment

“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.”

I bet those piles and piles of black friends are forever relieved after they have experienced Mr Bardwell’s bathroom.  No doubt he keeps it well stocked with Preparation H. They can’t stop talking about it down at the local woodpile.

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By Celia, October 16, 2009 at 8:23 am Link to this comment
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It’s only a “problem” for the children as long as there are ignorant fools like this so-called justice of the peace.

Most children don’t even know what race is:  they are taught it by their parents.

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By dukesman2000, October 16, 2009 at 8:11 am Link to this comment

Serves him right. Why would he want to defile that pure white woman with a bi-racial baby, anyway? (Tongue in cheek).

You know what amazes me? Everytime a racist is confronted, he/she always tells us of how many black friends they have.

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By I thought America had progressed......., October 16, 2009 at 7:18 am Link to this comment
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What the heck is wrong with marrying someone outside your race? He obviously doesn’t not know the year is 2009 not 1967. One of the most important people of the moment is “interracial” (Obama). I am mexican and married to a white man. Soooo!!!! big deal. We have a beautiful son he has my dark hair and skin tone and my husband’s eye color. It is a beautiful mix. I am proud that he will be billingual. He is just as smart as any all-white or all-mexican person. Keith Bradwell says he tries to treat everyone equal. But by denying a marriage license to someone for the sole reason of being an interracial couple is just plain stupid and racist. Yes! all people that are racist are stupid to me…....

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By Virginia777, October 16, 2009 at 6:29 am Link to this comment

This is unbelievable!

(or is it? has racist fundamentalism made a come-back? maybe.)

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By JP, October 16, 2009 at 5:49 am Link to this comment
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Please don’t think this neanderthal represents Louisiana.  I live in the state and have seen plenty of interracial couples happily going about their business with no one giving a second look.  Despite being a “red state” and in the deep South, we have lots of people who are progressive, open-minded, and good to their fellow man.

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By edwin sanchez, October 16, 2009 at 5:17 am Link to this comment
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There is no need to back track on this country’s racist
past…we are having trouble with marrying the gays
nowadays…lets stay focused.

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By nonya, October 16, 2009 at 3:26 am Link to this comment
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Wow, what an idiot. I would love for him to meet my 20 yr old bi-racial son who can’t keep the white or black girls off him. And his has never had a hard time fitting in with black or white people. Kids really don’t care unless they are taught to think otherwise and even then, it doesn’t always take.

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By Annie, October 16, 2009 at 12:54 am Link to this comment
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All I can say is damn, in 2009, and the guy is still in
office? Has he heard of Barack Obama?

A justice of the peace who doesn’t follow the law has
no business working in that field. He should be tossed
out today.

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By Steve E, October 15, 2009 at 10:56 pm Link to this comment
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Think about all the judicial rulings and judgements this judge has made in his
career based on his recent actions. Maybe a review is in order.

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By buldawg, October 15, 2009 at 5:15 pm Link to this comment

I would encourage everyone to call this ignorant racist at home at (985) 542-
1732 and let him know how very wrong this is. Let him know how very wrong his
“statistics” are. While it is true that too many interracial couples don’t last, it is
also true that too many Black couples split and too many White couples split. As
far as interracial children having an impossible life…well let me see….Halle Berry,
Barack Obama….need one go on?

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By godistwaddle, October 15, 2009 at 4:43 pm Link to this comment

I don’t think the justice is in much trouble.  He merely mouthed what most Merkins, ignorant, superstitious, provincial and racist, think.

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By Ed Harges, October 15, 2009 at 4:40 pm Link to this comment

Wow. This is pretty damn near incredible. How can this happen in America in
2009?

But it’s a little less incomprehensible if you consider this fact:

The US government (including most of the so-called “liberal Democrats” in
Congress) ardently supports Israel as a “model of democracy”, even though Israel
has decreed that Israeli Jews who marry Palestinians from the occupied territories
are guilty of ethnic treason and will not be allowed to reside with their spouses in
the Holy Chosen People’s State of Israel.

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By Mariella, October 15, 2009 at 4:36 pm Link to this comment
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That’s rather unfortunate. My parents were married in 1979, and had to go to another state to get married from Maryland. My father, who is black and my mother, who is white, have been married for 30 years now.  It’s really sad to see this happen so long after Loving v. Virginia (1967).

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By Gmonst, October 15, 2009 at 4:07 pm Link to this comment

As backwards racist as this Judge is, the headline kind of misstates the facts of the situation a bit.  The judge did not refuse to issue a marriage license to the couple, but refused to preside over the couples wedding.  He refused to sign the marriage license and make the marriage legal.  They will still be able to marry legally in the same county. 

That being said, that judge is truly backward and mind-bogglingly ignorant.

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By Brian, October 15, 2009 at 3:51 pm Link to this comment
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I don’t blame him.  Interracial children are at a
severe disadvantage.  Do you want to be the person
telling that child that there’s no way an interracial
person will every become somebody important, like say,
president?

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By Larraine Seales, October 15, 2009 at 3:24 pm Link to this comment
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Maybe Bardwell is fearful of another Obama if he marries an interracial couple.

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By Jesse Hamblin, October 15, 2009 at 3:11 pm Link to this comment
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The Judge was right.  Not only in his judgment about the interracial marriage but also his reason why.  The mixed race children.  The child would bear the sin of the parents lust.  We all remember the tormented “kid” that stood out at school.  How the older and more aggressive kids would torment them.  I would like to hear more from this Great Judge.

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By ardee, October 15, 2009 at 3:10 pm Link to this comment

Of course this still occurs. We are definitely an unworthy species with an incredible long way yet to go..

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By Giarrio, October 15, 2009 at 2:55 pm Link to this comment
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Government should decide who can get married. Government is the best decider of such things and should tell people if they can get married or not. That’s how CONSERVATIVES think, right? More government say in personal lives?

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