If you've heard about the Louisiana justice of the peace who won't perform marriage ceremonies for interracial couples and are trying to figure out how this kind of thing could still be happening in 21st Century America, the story to see is the one that broke the news.
Louisiana's Hammond Daily Star gives Justice Keith Bardwell the chance to explain his thinking. The complete story is here. And here are some excerpts about what the justice has to say:
-- Bardwell said he came to the conclusion that most black society does not readily accept offspring of such relationships, and neither does white society. "Yet, the children are innocent. They had nothing to do with that," he said.
-- "I don't do interracial marriages because I don't want to put children in a situation they didn't bring on themselves. ... In my heart, I feel the children will later suffer."
-- "I'm not a racist. ... I do ceremonies for black couples right here in my house. My main concern is for the children."
Bardwell does give interracial couples the name of a local justice of the peace who will marry them. He's been a justice of the peace for 34 years, the Daily Star says.