Swallow whatever you’re drinking right now because this one’s a doozy. A Louisiana justice of the peace refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple, citing their alleged short-lived unions and the pain it will inevitably cause their children. Surprise, surprise, JoP Keith Bardwell is not racist:
I just don’t believe in mixing the races that way. … 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.
He lets his black “friends” use his toilet! He also once spit on a black man who was on fire. That’s all the proof I need. You see, it’s other people’s racism that poses a problem. Bardwell said:
There is a problem with both groups accepting a child from such a marriage. I think those children suffer and I won’t help put them through it.
And everyone knows reproduction is not possible outside of marriage. Tell it to President Obama.
You can’t protect people from racism by perpetuating racism. I heard my grandmother use that excuse once, when talking about my aunt’s brother’s biracial son. “He’s gonna have a hard time. People should stick with their own.” He’s going to have a hard time because of people like you!
The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana has filed a complaint with the Louisiana Judiciary Committee. I wish the couple all the happiness in the world. And their future kids too.