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Selena
10-15-2009, 11:31 PM
This is unbelievable (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/15/interracial-couple-denied_n_322784.html)!! And people think we've come a long way... not long enough. Just who in the hell does this guy think he is, anyway?


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NEW ORLEANS — A Louisiana justice of the peace said he refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple out of concern for any children the couple might have. Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish, says it is his experience that most interracial marriages do not last long.
"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."


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:unamused: Wow. That last sentence is... just... ::shakes head::




Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/15/interracial-couple-denied_n_322784.html

Bean
10-15-2009, 11:54 PM
Yeah, I love the "I'm not racist, I just don't believe in mixing the races that way". Ummmm, yes, you are a racist, you dipshit. I smell a big fat lawsuit here.

Selena
10-16-2009, 12:08 AM
Yeah.... riiiiiiight.... good luck with that there concept, bub!


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."







http://educ.ubc.ca/news/photos/Barak%20Obama%20_%20Wikipedia.jpg

daBaroness
10-16-2009, 01:36 AM
First - it's spelled Lousy-anna. ;-)

Second - good to see someone is standing up for good, old-fashioned values. Whatever.

Third - as the mother of two of those unfortunate biracial kids ... frankly, at least the man said what he really thinks. Most people just smile in your face while they're lying through their teeth.

Finally. The man did refer them to someone else because he preferred not to marry them because of his own beliefs. He's entitled to them and strangely enough, I'd be happier being married by someone whose beliefs were more in line with my own. Course, were I to find myself in the unlikely situation of marrying again, I wouldn't go to a JP anyway.

Cyranno DeBoberac
10-16-2009, 02:37 AM
What's the problem? He's just protecting the sanctity of marriage.

Kat Sparrow
10-16-2009, 02:58 AM
As much as I don't agree with his perspective on the entire situation, I applaud him for doing what he sees fit in a civil and appropriate manner.

Selena
10-16-2009, 10:06 AM
As much as I don't agree with his perspective on the entire situation, I applaud him for doing what he sees fit in a civil and appropriate manner.

Oh, I dunno about that.
Last time I checked, this kind of behavior is against the law (http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=US&vol=388&invol=1). He's allowing his personal objections bleed into his professional job. And blatantly doing so. And it's illegal and he should be removed, or at the very least, sanctioned for these actions.

Betty Munro
10-16-2009, 12:05 PM
Racism is alive and well all over the US. If you think not, then you are deluded.
However, this person is a civil employee? He should be removed. Fired. Whatever they want to call it, but he should be slinging burgers at McDonald's. Then he can serve everyone equally. LOL
If I expressed my personal opinion to my boss, I'd be fired in a day. Part of maturity is knowing when to keep your mouth shut and do your job. Or he should look for another job since he doesn't believe in the requirements of this one.

Cyranno DeBoberac
10-16-2009, 12:15 PM
If we were still under the previous administration, this incident would probably have led to federal legislation allowing this guy to refuse to perform interracial weddings on "conscientious objector" grounds, just like pharmacists who abdicate their duty by refusing to give people birth control.

Selena
10-16-2009, 12:52 PM
Found an interesting quote from the woman behind that 1957 Supreme Court decision I referred to above:

"Surrounded as I am now by wonderful children and grandchildren, not a day goes by that I don’t think of Richard and our love, our right to marry, and how much it meant to me to have that freedom to marry the person precious to me, even if others thought he was the “wrong kind of person” for me to marry. I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry. Government has no business imposing some people’s religious beliefs over others. Especially if it denies people’s civil rights.

I am still not a political person, but I am proud that Richard’s and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That’s what Loving, and loving, are all about." -- Mildred Loving

Ravin' Raven
10-16-2009, 12:56 PM
I am still not a political person, but I am proud that Richard’s and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That’s what Loving, and loving, are all about." -- Mildred Loving

Um...she may not be political but I'd elect her in a dead second. She actually possesses - dare I say it **gasp** common sense!!!!!!

Isabelle Warwicke
10-16-2009, 01:11 PM
She actually possesses - dare I say it **gasp** common sense!!!!!!

Such a rare gift in these modern times.

Ravin' Raven
10-16-2009, 01:40 PM
Such a rare gift in these modern times.

especially in certain circles....;-)

shyanwench
10-16-2009, 08:03 PM
When I read this... I shook my head... how unfortunate for this to happen. What a violation of these folks civil rights... That JP needs to be fired. I hope that couple went somewhere else and got married...

daBaroness
10-17-2009, 02:25 PM
Thought I'd share a photo of my poor biracial children and their white grandpa who loves them dearly just in case this misguided JP happens upon our website:

http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn119/dabaroness/Family/CamGpaBTaylor1.jpg

Molly The Pirate
10-17-2009, 04:44 PM
hey baroness, just in my opinion, your "poor biracial kids" are total hotties :) good lookin' boys you got there. :) and while i applaud this guy for being honest, he's breaking the law.

Selena
10-19-2009, 12:38 AM
Really, daB. You shouldn't gush.

Really. ;-)


but gaaaahhhh, they are fiiiiineeee! I've said it before and I'll say it again... they be nice lookin' boys. Yep. Uhhuh! ::whistle::

daBaroness
10-19-2009, 02:02 AM
Really, daB. You shouldn't gush.

Really. ;-)


but gaaaahhhh, they are fiiiiineeee! I've said it before and I'll say it again... they be nice lookin' boys. Yep. Uhhuh! ::whistle::

Really ... I shouldn't gush about my boys. Sigh. But, but, but ...

http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn119/dabaroness/Dachshunds/047.jpg http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn119/dabaroness/Dachshunds/036.jpg

You didn't say anything about my girls! ::laughingdevil::

(Sorry for the threadjack)

RedFox
10-19-2009, 11:48 AM
This is really a shame that they have to go through this ordeal. That judge is an idiot imho, but that might just be how I was raised with how EVERYONE should be treated equally regardless of whatever it is that makes them different.

Selena
11-04-2009, 01:34 PM
Update --

He quits. (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33609707/ns/us_news-race_and_ethnicity/) I find this little blurb interesting...
Gov. Bobby Jindal called Bardwell's resignation "long overdue."

Really? Why did it take him this long to have some sort of reaction to this story. Or if he did, I failed to see it. Oh well.

daBaroness
11-04-2009, 03:16 PM
Update --

He quits. (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33609707/ns/us_news-race_and_ethnicity/) I find this little blurb interesting...

Really? Why did it take him this long to have some sort of reaction to this story. Or if he did, I failed to see it. Oh well.

You beat me to it. Yeah, whatever.

BATON ROUGE, La. – At least four times in the last 2 1/2 years, Keith Bardwell says he refused to marry interracial couples while serving as a Louisiana justice of the peace.

He said from his experience and discussions, he had concluded that blacks and whites do not readily accept offspring of such relationships, so the children end up suffering.

His latest rebuff to a bride and groom of different races turned out to be his last. After weeks of calls for his ouster, Bardwell resigned after 34 years in office Tuesday, leaving his reasons a secret.

His one-sentence statement to Louisiana Secretary of State Jay Dardenne said: "I do hereby resign the office of Justice of the Peace for the Eighth Ward of Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, effective November 3, 2009."

Beth Humphrey, who is white, has said she and her now-husband, Terence McKay, who is black, received their marriage license from the parish clerk of court, where they also got a list of people qualified to perform the ceremony. When she called Bardwell's office on Oct. 6 to ask, Humphrey said the justice's wife told her that Bardwell wouldn't sign the license because they were a "mixed couple."

In interviews, Bardwell, who is white, said he refers interracial couples to other justices of the peace, who then perform the ceremony, which happened in this case.

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

Bardwell didn't return repeated calls to comment about his resignation. Civil rights leaders and officials, including Gov. Bobby Jindal and U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, wanted him out.

Jindal said Bardwell made the right decision.

"What he did was clearly wrong and this resignation was long overdue," the governor said in a statement.

Humphrey and McKay have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Bardwell and his wife.

Their attorney, Laura Catlett, said the resignation won't stop the lawsuit.

"We're saddened that it took national attention to this issue, which was decided back in 1967 by the Supreme Court, and also that it took public admonishment from other elected leaders in order for him to resign," Catlett said.

His quitting "does not in any way change the fact that he, with his wife's help, discriminated against an interracial couple while he was a public official," Catlett said.

Bardwell was elected in 1975 in Ponchatoula, La., a town 55 miles north of New Orleans. His term was set to run through 2014, and he had said that even before the flap, he hadn't intended to run for re-election.

Landrieu said Bardwell's refusal to marry the couple reflected terribly on the state.

"By resigning ... and ending his embarrassing tenure in office, Justice Bardwell has finally consented to the will of the vast majority of Louisiana citizens and nearly every governmental official in Louisiana ... We are better off without him in public service."

Ysobelle
11-04-2009, 05:31 PM
Yeah, cos kids from interracial marriages (http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president-obama) never do well.

Selena
11-04-2009, 06:10 PM
Yup. And this one, too.

http://www.tersninja.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/halle-berry.jpg

OH yeah... and her...

http://cdn.giantmag.com/wp-content/uploads//2009/03/rashida_jones28_01.jpg


and her... http://img.slate.com/media/1/123125/123112/2076330/2092246/031218_strom_thurmonds_daug.jpg

... who just happens to be my 8th (I think that's right!) cousin from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essie_Mae_Washington-Williams) the south.
http://media.photobucket.com/image/rashida%20jones/aloneinthetown/rashida00114.jpg

Selena
11-04-2009, 06:49 PM
And him... cos he's quite obvious the loser in life..
http://trendsupdates.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/tiger-woods.bmp


nevermind this ugly one... who should have never been since this guy deemed himself judge and jury....

http://www.popcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/naomicampbell1.jpg


sorry; just trying to reinforce my point.
http://www.pbase.com/rengirl/image/58511566

shyanwench
11-04-2009, 10:24 PM
Isn't it interesting how she is keeping her blouse on by holding it on her head..... *rotfl*

I'm glad the guy quit his job.

Ravin' Raven
11-04-2009, 11:14 PM
ya know....I like the new turn this thread has taken....let's forget the "maroon" and honor the people he feels have it so bad....

so I add

Selena
11-04-2009, 11:48 PM
I'll add this babe to this mix, too! ;-) Holy carp I've been in love with him for years! Hum-n-naaa!

http://img.listal.com/image/355179/500full-shemar-moore.jpg

Selena
11-05-2009, 12:03 AM
And we can't forget about this one!
http://www.cherextravaganza.com/cute70cher.jpg

Selena
11-05-2009, 12:14 AM
Oh yeah...and here's another loser of mixed cultures! She's obviously suffering!

http://www.hollywood-celebrity-pictures.com/Celebrities/Cameron-Diaz/Cameron-Diaz-1.JPG



ok - done now. Sorry. This shit really tweaks my brain.

Ravin' Raven
11-05-2009, 11:23 AM
Can I add just one more because, well, I need this today....

Margaret
11-05-2009, 12:20 PM
Oh how I love him....

Alluring Alora
11-05-2009, 03:17 PM
Sorry to get OT, but...


Hubba Hubba - :hearts:The Rock - nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom

Sorry. (not really)

Azura
11-05-2009, 04:45 PM
And we can't forget about this one!
http://www.cherextravaganza.com/cute70cher.jpg


Okay, please excuse my ignorance. Who is this? For that matter, who is the second lady that Selena had posted, under Halle Berry?

Ysobelle
11-05-2009, 04:53 PM
That's Cher!

Laurensa
11-05-2009, 04:54 PM
Okay, please excuse my ignorance. Who is this? For that matter, who is the second lady that Selena had posted, under Halle Berry?

This gorgeous woman is Cherilyn Sarkisian, better known as Cher. :zen:

Laurensa
11-05-2009, 04:55 PM
I'll add this babe to this mix, too! ;-) Holy carp I've been in love with him for years! Hum-n-naaa!

http://img.listal.com/image/355179/500full-shemar-moore.jpg

nom nom nom

Selena
11-05-2009, 06:10 PM
who is the second lady that Selena had posted, under Halle Berry?


That's Rashida Jones (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0429069/)... daughter of (black man) super-music-producer Quincy Jones and (white woman) actress/model Peggy Lipton. Isn't she just gorgeous??

Lady Sarah
11-05-2009, 09:30 PM
nom nom nom

Yah.... what she said... *wipes drool*

Cyranno DeBoberac
11-05-2009, 11:37 PM
That's Cher!

Half-breed! That's all I ever heard.
Half-breed! How I learned to hate the word.
Half-breed! She's no good they warned.
Both sides were against me since the day I was born!

Cyranno DeBoberac
11-05-2009, 11:38 PM
That's Rashida Jones (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0429069/)... daughter of (black man) super-music-producer Quincy Jones and (white woman) actress/model Peggy Lipton. Isn't she just gorgeous??

"You look so exotic! Was your dad a G.I.?" --Michael Scott :lol:

Selena
11-06-2009, 08:28 AM
"You look so exotic! Was your dad a G.I.?" --Michael Scott :lol:

*rotfl* Oh gosh, I do remember that ep! Bwaaahahaaaa!

Azura
11-07-2009, 05:36 PM
Wow, now I feel dumb..:lol:


That's Cher!