Friday, October 16, 2009

Louisiana Justice of the Peace refuses to marry interracial couple

It's amazing how quickly the interracial, one-world, humanist crowd gets in an uproar when a white person has the back bone to stand on a principle. That is what has happened in Louisiana. Both Louisiana's governor and a U.S. senator joined Friday in calling for the ouster of a local official who refused to marry an interracial couple, saying his actions clearly broke the law as reported by the Associated Press.

Keith Bardwell, a white justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish in the southeastern part of the state, refused to issue a marriage license earlier this month to Beth Humphrey, who is white, and Terence McKay, who is black. His refusal has prompted calls for an investigation or resignation from civil and constitutional rights groups and the state's Legislative Black Caucus.
Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal said in a statement a nine-member commission that reviews lawyers and judges in the state should investigate. "Disciplinary action should be taken immediately — including the revoking of his license," Jindal said.

Bardwell did not return calls left on his answering machine Friday. Bardwell has said he always asks if a couple is interracial and, if they are, refers them to another justice of the peace. Bardwell said no one had complained in the past and he doesn't marry the couples because he's worried about their children's futures. Now, that shouldn't be the reason why the Bardwell should not issue a marriage license. The reason is this: First, it's scripturally not biblical. The Bible clearly outlaws interracial marriages. Second, there is a long history of the United States forbidding interracial marriages. Since the founding of our Republic until the Supreme Court outlawed states forbid interracial marriages, the People did not believe it, and it was a state issue. However, the liberal 9 member U.S. Supreme Court under the Loving ruling outlawed states from prohibiting interracial marriages. Again, this shows how the U.S. Supreme Court forced its will on the People.

Humphrey and McKay were eventually married by another justice of the peace, but are now looking into legal action against Bardwell. Humphrey said she called Bardwell on Oct. 6 to ask about a marriage license. She said Bardwell's wife told her that Bardwell would not sign marriage licenses for interracial couples. Bardwell maintains he can recuse himself from marrying people. Quigley disagreed. "A justice of the peace is legally obligated to serve the public, all of the public," Quigley said. "Racial discrimination has been a violation of Louisiana and U.S. law for decades. No public official has the right to pick and choose which laws they are going to follow."

However, a public official is an elected official and that public official has the freedom to represent his constituents and has the freedom of speech. We once had a Republic when elected officials had to only to answer to the People, not "judiciary committess or associations" or the PC establishment. Bardwell, a Republican, has served as justice of peace for 34 years. He said he has run without opposition each time, but had decided earlier not to run again. His current term expires Dec. 31, 2014

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