Louisiana justice who didn’t marry interracial couple steps down

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 3, 2009 2:26 pm

And the National Brotherhood of Skiers couldn’t be happier!

Seriously though, thank goodness this guy resigned before a mob got to him first. In case you haven’t heard this story, Keith Bardwell, a  former justice of the peace for Tangipahoa Parish’s 8th Ward in Louisiana, refused to give a marriage license to an interracial couple. Beth and Terrence McKay eventually got a license from someone else in the same parish, but not before they hired an attorney and the story made headlines.

The only person who didn’t seem to care very much about Bardwell’s actions was Bardwell himself. He was quoted as saying “It’s kind of hard to apologize for something that you really and truly feel down in your heart you haven’t done wrong.” 

Here’s the kicker—the guy insists he’s not racist! If he’s not racist, then I’m not the best looking employee at The Ski Channel. (High five?)

Bardwell’s wife doesn’t seem any better. When Beth McKay called to ask for a license, the wife said “Well, what’s the deal? Is he black, or are you black? And so [Beth] answered her question, and then [the wife] just said, ‘Well, we don’t do interracial marriages.’” Wow. Well, at least they didn’t beat around the bush.

Enjoy retirement, Mr. Bardwell. Hope we don’t see you at any ski resorts anytime soon.

photo courtesy of CNN