Why does Keith Bardwell still have his job?
Bardwell, justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish Louisiana near New Orleans, found himself the object of controversy when he refused to perform a marriage ceremony for a biracial couple last week. Bardwell, claiming he is no racist, said he doesn'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."
That's nonsense on many levels. But whatever his personal feelings, Bardwell is obligated to perform marriage ceremonies for those who legally qualify. Nor is it his duty to project the futures of children the couples he marries might have.
The couple who brought this incident to light now are married after having the nuptials performed by another justice of the peace. They reportedly will sue Bardwell for infringement of their civil rights.
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