Holy. Fucking. Shit.
Keith Bardwell, a justice of the peace for Tangipahoa Parish’s 8th Ward [in Louisiana], was widely criticized after he refused to grant a marriage license to Beth McKay and Terence McKay, an interracial couple who ultimately got a marriage license from another justice of the peace in the same parish. The McKays hired an attorney and protested the justice’s actions.
Despite a national uproar and a call by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal for him to lose his license, Bardwell, 56, said in October that he had 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.
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.
Boy, thank you for your concern for the well-being of their children, Mr. Bardwell. Your noble heart shines through with your concern and we know that you are not racist. It is common knowledge that biracial children can never do well and when they have to ask mommy and daddy, “Could I be president someday?” it would be heartbreaking to have to tell them, “Why no, son/daughter, a biracial person could never lead our country. Ever. Maybe Canada, because Canadians don’t have souls.” This is why it is your duty to not oversee these marriages. Mr. Bardwell, we only wish that these close-minded liberals would get off your back. I’m sorry that you had to resign, but at least now you can promptly go fuck yourself.
The sad thing is that he is not alone. It was only in 2000 that Alabama and South Carolina finally removed their state constitutional bans on interracial marriage. The public vote? 60% voted for removal of the ban, while 40% wanted to keep it banned. Which could explain how this doofus could somehow get elected into that position of power in this day and age.
He did finally relent and give a deep, heartfelt apology on CBS the other day though (which you can watch right here):
“I’m sorry that I offended the couple, but I did help them and tell them who to go to,” he said. “And they went and got married, and they should be happily married and I don’t see what the problem is now.”