First (from the AP) there is this little ride in a time machine:
Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.
NEW ORLEANS – A Louisiana justice of the peace said he refused to issue ato an interracial couple out of concern for any children the couple might have. Keith Bardwell, in Tangipahoa Parish, says it is his experience that most interracial marriages do not last long.
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."
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.
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.
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
If he did an interracial marriage for one couple, he must do the same for all, he said.
"I try to treat everyone equally," he said.