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This way, no other couples have to experience what we went through. The McKays are taking the good with the bad, as their story has unified other interracial couples. Republican Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has even chimed in saying Bardwell should be removed from his position. Bardwell said that he was concerned for the children who might be born to Humphrey and McKay and that in his experience, interracial marriages do not last. Nonetheless, the couple did get married by another justice of the peace on October 9, after which they reached out to an attorney because they too would like Bardwell to resign. The incident has since garnered attention from the National Urban League.

2009 Louisiana interracial marriage incident

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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. Bardwell has said he always asks if a couple is interracial and, if they are, refers them to another justice of the peace.

Louisiana justice who refused interracial marriage resigns

A Louisiana justice of the peace who refused to marry a couple because the bride was white and groom was black resigned Tuesday. Keith Bardwell, who is white, quit the post with a one-sentence statement to Louisiana Secretary of State Jay Dardenne and no explanation of his decision: "I do hereby resign the office of Justice of the Peace for the Eighth Ward of Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, effective November 3, When questioned about his refusal, Bardwell acknowledged he routinely recuses himself from marrying interracial couples because he believes such marriages cause harm to the couples' children. In interviews, he said he refers such couples to other justices of the peace, who then perform the ceremony, which happened in this case.
The Louisiana Justice of the Peace who refused to marry an interracial couple said on "The Early Show" he doesn't see what the problem is with what he did now, because the couple is already married. Keith Bardwell, a white justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish in southeastern Louisiana, wouldn't issue a license to or preside over the nuptials for Beth Humphrey, who is white, and Terence McKay, of Hammond, La. Bardwell, who's held his post more than 30 years, said he refused to perform the ceremony because of his concern for the future of the couple's children. Bardwell told "Early Show" co-anchor Harry Smith , "I've had countless numbers of people that was born in that situation, and that they claim that the blacks or the whites didn't accept the children.