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Say What? Louisiana Judge Won't Marry Interracial Couples

Say What? Louisiana Judge Won't Marry Interracial Couples


"I'm not a racist. I just don't believe in mixing the races that way."

— Keith Bardwell, a Louisiana Justice of the Peace who sounds like a Rip Van Winkle character who slept through the '60s,'70s, '80s . . . (you get the picture). He says he's concerned for the children interracial couples would have, and that in Tangipahoa Parish where he lives, interracial marriages don't last long. Last I heard, the chances of any marriage in the US lasting is about 50/50 and that people of opposite sexes, anyway, are free to marry who they choose.

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weffie weffie 6 years
And knowing the track record of American leader-types, I'd put $100 on the fact that this dude has at least one illegitimate lovechild with his black mistress :)
weffie weffie 6 years
I'm not violent, I just think Keith Bardwell should have his face smashed beyond recognition ;)
Chrstne Chrstne 6 years
Welcome to the South where intolerance and idiocy prevail. This is just so wrong. (and yes, I live in the South now).
spicyaroma spicyaroma 6 years
That's disgusting. My mum and dad are an interracial couple and were married in Morocco 18 years ago! And this is Morocco of all places! Get it together, America!
totygoliguez totygoliguez 6 years
Anonymous #19, when you are a judge your duty is to enforce the law, not follow your beliefs. If you don't agree nor respect justice, then you shouldn't be a judge, as simple as that. This is a free country and you should be able to marry whomever you which, not what a judge thinks is best for you.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Unethical and immoral.
bellaressa bellaressa 6 years
Not surprising. The thing that is surprising is that we are just hearing about this incident, how many other couples has he really turned away and they said nothing or nothing came about it? He is a bigot, through and through.
MissSushi MissSushi 6 years
I'm sure he really honestly doesn't think hes racist, which is the worst part of it all. If you can honestly tell someone you KNOW you can't be racist because you let "them" use your bathroom, you're in the throes of some serious denial.
merie33 merie33 6 years
This really, really makes me angry. Being one half of an interracial couple, it really hits home. Sorry for the kids? I know plenty of white on white people who shouldn't have married or procreated, but they did. Ugh. I could shake this guy for his blatant racism and bigotry. And to have the nerve to deny the fact that he is. :rant:
kulikuli kulikuli 6 years
"I think those children suffer and I won't help put them through it." FYI, they can still have children without being married genius. Your not helping them with that. And this whole article completely disgusts me. I'm so sick of racism, when will people open their minds?!
MissSushi MissSushi 6 years
oh please... MOST marriages these days don't last, regardless of the races of people in them. Amazingly ignorant...it just spews out of his mouth endlessly, the bathroom comment was particuraly showing. "them" ugh.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 6 years
"I think those children suffer and I won't help put them through it." Thanks for your concern Keith but I'm multi-racial and I am doing pretty damn well for myself. I have never suffered because I am multi-racial.
zeze zeze 6 years
He also said, "I have piles and piles of black friends. They come to my home, I marry them, they use my bathroom." I'm sold, I mean he lets them use his bathroom...you know how gross that is, he must not be a racist.
juicebox07 juicebox07 6 years
It's funny because most of us are mixed in some way. This guy probably is too. My Great Grandmother was Native American and her husband, my Great Grandfather, was German. Most of us have some kind of other ethnicity in our blood somewhere in our line.
PhillyEagles1 PhillyEagles1 6 years
Yes SkiGUrl - I agree with you 100%. This is ridiculous.
kia kia 6 years
skigurl, you rock: "concerned for the children interracial couples would have"?!?!? concerned for them how? why? because they're so damn cute? honestly, this kind of legacy in the U. S. is one of the reasons my husband and I chose to get married abroad. In our travels within the U. S. border we have received disapproving comments and glances. It is 2009 but not everyone realizes that.
sham28 sham28 6 years
Comments like this make me want to jump off of a bridge because of the sheer frustration.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 6 years
Wow, exactly skigurl, aren't we in the year 2009 (which is almost over now)?
skigurl skigurl 6 years
"concerned for the children interracial couples would have"?!?!? concerned for them how? why? because they're so damn cute? this is absolutely shocking to hear in 2009, wow
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