Louisiana Judge Steps Down Amid Interracial Marriage Controversy
We can’t be certain why Louisiana Justice of the Peace Keith Bardwell quit his post Tuesday because his one-sentence resignation doesn’t say, but we can guess it has something to do with his refusal to preside over an interracial marriage — and the public outcry that soon followed.
The Rev. Madison Shockley has generated some controversy of his own — or at least a lively debate — with an opinion piece on Truthdig linking Bardwell’s action to the gay marriage campaign. — PZS
Wait, before you go…
AP via New York Times:
A Louisiana justice of the peace who refused to marry a couple because the bride was white and groom was black resigned Tuesday.
Keith Bardwell, who is white, quit the post with a one-sentence statement to Louisiana Secretary of State Jay Dardenne and no explanation of his decision: “I do hereby resign the office of Justice of the Peace for the Eighth Ward of Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, effective November 3, 2009.”
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