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  • Some states one just has to go “wow”.

    This justice of the peace might have drawn unwanted attention to himself from the feds.

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/10/19/int...age/index.html

    NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- Two newlyweds are fighting for the dismissal of the justice of the peace who refused them a marriage license because they are of different races.
    "We've retained an attorney, and we're in the process of taking the next steps in order to make sure that (the justice of the peace) loses his job," Beth McKay told CNN's "American Morning" on Monday.
    She and her husband, Terence McKay, stepped into the national spotlight when Keith Bardwell, a justice of the peace for Tangipahoa Parish's 8th Ward, refused them a license.
    They ultimately got a marriage license from another justice of the peace in the same parish.
    Despite a national uproar and a call by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal for him to lose his license, Bardwell, 56, said he has no regrets. "It's kind of hard to apologize for something that you really and truly feel down in your heart you haven't done wrong," he told CNN affiliate WAFB on Saturday.
    He insisted he is not racist and does not treat black people differently. He said he does not perform mixed-race marriages because he is concerned about the children of such marriages.
    Bardwell did not return calls from CNN.
    Beth McKay, 30, said she was speaking with Bardwell's wife by phone about getting a marriage license and was "shocked" to be asked whether they are an interracial couple. Watch how justice's decision shocked couple »
    "She said, 'Well, what's the deal? Is he black, or are you black?' And so I answered her question, and then she just said, 'Well, we don't do interracial marriages.'"
    Terence McKay, 32, told CNN, "Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but he's absolutely wrong on all aspects of his stance." McKay added, "If it wasn't for interracial couples today, we wouldn't have our president. So for him to take that outlook, that's still like 1800s or something."
    "A lot of people have come up to us and said, 'You know, we're in interracial relationships as well,' not just black and white, and just encouraged us to stand up for our rights and to speak out against things like this," Beth McKay said.
    The incident "caught us completely off guard," said Terence McKay, "and we're just trying to live our lives."
    The National Urban League called for an investigation by the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, saying in a statement that Bardwell's actions were "a huge step backward in social justice."
    The U.S. Supreme Court tossed out race-based limitations on marriage in the landmark 1967 Loving v. Virginia case. In the unanimous decision, the court said that "Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State."
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    "Corruptisima republica plurimae leges."

    "The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws."
    - Cornelius Tacitus

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    McKay added, "If it wasn't for interracial couples today, we wouldn't have our president."



    They won't win any points with that argument.

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    • #3
      Wow! That JP isn't even that old! So he can't really even blame it on his generation or upbringing. By the time he was an adult, segregation was pretty much over. This isn't just like your grandma who lived through the great depression and still refers to black people as "colored," but doesn't mean any harm by it. This is a full out racist.
      "No one can make you feel like a turd without your permission." - Eleanor Roosevelt.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by adeutch View Post
        Wow! That JP isn't even that old! So he can't really even blame it on his generation or upbringing. By the time he was an adult, segregation was pretty much over. This isn't just like your grandma who lived through the great depression and still refers to black people as "colored," but doesn't mean any harm by it. This is a full out racist.
        I don't think he's a racist. I think he's just a downright IDIOT. It would be racist if he didn't allow a particular race to marry at all (which I don't believe the case is here). I absolutely think he should resign or be removed from office. This truly is one of those things that makes you go "wait, what?"
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        • #5
          Originally posted by RDEP View Post
          I don't think he's a racist. I think he's just a downright IDIOT. It would be racist if he didn't allow a particular race to marry at all (which I don't believe the case is here). I absolutely think he should resign or be removed from office. This truly is one of those things that makes you go "wait, what?"

          I agree, this guy shouldn't be on the bench if he allows "color" to enter into any of his decisions of adjudication, marriage or murder, one in the same...

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          • #6
            Originally posted by shelbyfan
            the point of a marriage license was/is in fact to keep blacks and whites from becoming married

            just as permits to carry guns are meant to keep black men from being armed...
            So the requirement to have a permit to carry a gun only applies to black men?
            "First of all, then we have to say the American public overwhelmingly voted for socialism when they elected President Obama." - Al Sharpton, March 21, 2010

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            • #7
              Originally posted by equinox137 View Post
              So the requirement to have a permit to carry a gun only applies to black men?
              Pretty sure it's a joke.
              "No one can make you feel like a turd without your permission." - Eleanor Roosevelt.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by equinox137 View Post
                So the requirement to have a permit to carry a gun only applies to black men?
                No it applies to every one now. Based on an article I read from Georgia Carry . Org Ga originally required CCW permits to prevent poeple of color from carrying guns and the public gathering (gun) law was used selectively against "blacks" and to prevent "blacks and Republicans from voting on Election Day in November 1870."
                Check out the full article here:
                http://www.georgiacarry.org/cms/wp-c...a-gun-laws.pdf

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by westside popo View Post
                  No it applies to every one now. Based on an article I read from Georgia Carry . Org Ga originally required CCW permits to prevent poeple of color from carrying guns and the public gathering (gun) law was used selectively against "blacks" and to prevent "blacks and Republicans from voting on Election Day in November 1870."
                  Check out the full article here:
                  http://www.georgiacarry.org/cms/wp-c...a-gun-laws.pdf
                  Oh.. I see. Talking about the origins of GA gun laws. Interesting.
                  "No one can make you feel like a turd without your permission." - Eleanor Roosevelt.

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                  • #10
                    The Justice's attitude is surprising given the day and age we live in. It's a throwback to a time when interracial marriage was illegal. As long as the couple was of age, there were no known/ recognized impediments, it was the Justice's responsibility to issue the License and perform the marriage.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by cjco View Post
                      McKay added, "If it wasn't for interracial couples today, we wouldn't have our president."

                      They won't win any points with that argument.
                      HAHA, I'll agree
                      Entered Academy: 08/2010 Graduated Academy: 12/20/2010 Career Search: 12/20/2010 - Present Never doubt. Never look back. Never question what you have done. Live with conviction and honor.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by shelbyfan
                        the point of a marriage license was/is in fact to keep blacks and whites from becoming married

                        just as permits to carry guns are meant to keep black men from being armed...
                        Welp guess i beat the system huh?
                        "Its not what you know, its what you can prove."-Training Day

                        "Game on, bitches. Whoop whoop, flash the lights, pull it over."

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                        • #13
                          Is that the only excuse he can come up with?
                          "Abandon your animosities and make your sons Americans." - Robert E. Lee, 1865

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                          • #14
                            Shelbyfan...do you have a dam point?

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                            • #15
                              I'll be back here with my soda and popcorn.

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