Back in the wedding Dark Ages
Truly, the whole marriage issue, including questions the right kind of household for kids to grow up in, is something the nation can't seem to stop arguing about. But the latest uproar doesn't concern gay marriage. It's the case of a Louisiana justice of the peace who refused to officiate at the wedding of an interracial couple, an issue that was resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court decades ago.
Keith Bardwell, a white justice of the peace, refused to perform the ceremony for a white woman and black man this year. This month, in fact. He said their children would suffer because society would not accept them. Yeah, we've really noticed how that held back a kid once called Barry....
The ACLU is calling for Bardwell's resignation. Sounds silly to me. He should be fired immediately, and brought up on disciplinary charges and then sued. It is illegal to refuse to marry an otherwise eligible couple because of their race, or in this case, races.
Photo: A 1965 photo of Mildred Loving and her husband, Richard, whose lawsuit against Virginia led to a landmark Supreme Court decision in 1967 in favor of interracial couples' right to marry. Credit: AP file photo.
-- Karin Klein