In October , Keith Bardwell, a Robert, Louisiana , Justice of the Peace , refused to officiate the civil wedding of an interracial couple because of his personal views, in spite of a United States Supreme Court ruling which prohibited restrictions on interracial marriage as unconstitutional. His action was widely criticized, and many public officials in Louisiana called for his resignation. He resigned on November 3, On October 6, an interracial couple, Beth Humphrey and Terence McKay, inquired of Bardwell, the justice of the peace for the 8th Ward of Louisiana's Tangipahoa Parish , about getting a marriage license signed. His wife Beth Bardwell reportedly told them that the justice "does not do interracial marriages".
Justice stands by refusal to give interracial couple license to wed
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Welcome to the official, independent student-run newspaper of Hofstra University! Last week, Tangipahoa Parish Judge Keith Bardwell, a white male who claims to not be a racist, refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple. The Louisiana justice of the peace refused to grant Beth Humphrey, 30, a white account manager and Terrence McKay, 32, a black welder a marriage license because his "main concern was for the children. Well, that's funny, because I believe some of the most famous and powerful people are of a mixed race, i.
Interracial couple denied marriage license
Bardwell, a justice of the peace for Tangipahoa Parish's 8th Ward, refused to issue a marriage license to Beth Humphrey, 30, and her boyfriend, Terence McKay, 32, both of Hammond. Bardwell's actions have elicited reactions from some top officials, including Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who called for Bardwell's dismissal. Bardwell has not returned repeated calls from CNN this week.
On June 12, , the Supreme Court issued its Loving v. Virginia decision, which struck down laws that banned inter-racial marriages as unconstitutional. Here is a brief recap of this landmark civil rights case. As of , 16 states had still not repealed anti-miscegenation laws that forbid interracial marriages.