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Unbelievable.

Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.

By MARY FOSTER, Associated Press Writer - 8 mins ago

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."

Bardwell 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.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091015/ap_on_re_us/us_interracial_rebuff

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"I'm not a racist. I just don't believe in mixing the races that way,"
Sounds like an Oxymoron to me, and the worst one I have ever heard.

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Isn't there a difference between issuing a license and actually performing the marriage?

I understood that a marriage license was merely documentation that no legal impediments exist to the marriage, but that a ceremony has to actually happen before the marriage has any legal existence.

I frankly don't care whether the guy is racist or not ... he seems to be writing his own laws, here.

IOW, I think he's wrong.

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Putting the race issue out of this argument, it's not his duty to decide whether two people eligible to marry should in fact do so.

Putting race back in here, it's even more disgusting.

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:no:

He's dead wrong and I hope his license is revoked.

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when my parents were married in 1943 on galveston island, texas, the clerk issuing the marriage asked my very suntanned mother if she were really caucasian or trying to pull a fast one so she and my very very blonde swedish father could marry before his flight squadron shipped out. my mom was welsh, irish, british, and scottish, so yes, she was caucasian, i think. our neighbors right across the street until they decided to move south full time last year, harbored a deep dark secret when they were married on the very same day my parents were. he was a brand new dentist and she was a nurse. it was illegal for them to marry in her home state because he was caucasian and she was native american. they did it though but she had to list her race as "white" to do it. i think the facts of both stories are abominable!! as a post script, when i was a baby and a toddler, i had my dad's white blonde hair and fair skin, and complete strangers would comment that it was so great that she and my dad had been able to adopt a little blonde baby. all i can say to that one is, "huh??" just as ignorant. i have my mom's hazel/greenish eyes and dark brown hair as an adult. so i guess according to that kind of lame brained thinking, someone else must have sired me... (throws up hands)

kathy

sharpeimom:paw::paw:

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Don't worry Sharpie Mom. I was suspected of being my daughters nanny on numerous occasions. We're both white but I have red hair and she has blonde hair. I think the reason is I have an English accent and my daughter being in the USA from the age of five had an American accent. Obviously to a casual observer, if she had been my daughter she would also have had an English accent ;) This observation from an outsider happened as recently as four years ago.

BTW, you meant to say your Mom was Irish, Scottish, Welsh and English (not British) British means all of the countries that encompass Britain, meaning England, Scotland and Wales.

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btw, you meant to say your mom was irish, scottish, welsh and english (not british) british means all of the countries that encompass britain, meaning england, scotland and wales.

you got me! that was the type of thing my husband and i call "gotchas!"

the kind of lame mistakes we wouldn't make if we weren't so tired or distracted by something.

i knew that but it's after midnight and i'm pooped. i'm a morning person married to a night owl

and i tend to stay up past my natural setpoint.

now, all we have to do is tell our 5 cats and our chinese shar-pei that they're adopted...

and try to explain to a chinese dog that we adopted that he was really born in canada... hmmm...

kathy

sharpeimom:paw::paw:

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