A biracial couple in Louisiana was denied a marriage license last week by a Justice of the Peace because he worried about the plight of the children who might be born of such a union.
Dr. Wendy Walsh: It's not been a week since momlogic posted an article about me and my own biracial babies. I prefaced the piece with the wisdom that raising biracial children in Obama-era America has become a non-issue, and my children have plenty of self-esteem. Many readers concurred, writing things like, "Next subject please."
Hold your horses, progressive thinkers! Read this: A biracial couple in Louisiana was denied a marriage license last week by a justice of the peace because he worried about the plight of the children who might be born of such a union.
Beth Humphrey, 30, a woman of European descent (read: needs sunblock) and her fiance, Terence McKay, 32 (who needs only a little less sunblock), were denied a marriage license by Keith Bardwell, 70, a justice of the peace for Tangipahoa Parish's 8th Ward in Louisiana. The couple eventually found another justice of the peace and were married in her office. But now civil rights groups are trying to have Bardwell disbarred.
According to CNN, this was the justice's quote: "I'm not a racist," Bardwell told Hammond, Louisiana's Daily Star newspaper. "I do ceremonies for black couples right here in my house. My main concern is for the children."
Here's the funniest thing. When I went online to find photos of the couple, I found one of the groom first. I honestly could not tell if he was the black part of the couple or the white part. He looked kind of Hispanic to me. I searched for a photo of his wife, and voila, there she was with blond, blond hair and porcelain skin. But really. Her complexion was maybe two tiny tones lighter than her husband's. Nothing as exciting as Seal and Heidi Klum.
So, what's all the fuss about, Mr. Justice of the Peace? Oh yes, your age. Seventy. Back when you were a young man, all this stuff really was illegal.
Now the NAACP is involved, the media has caught on. Let the circus begin, Justice Bardwell. It's not the way you planned to begin your retirement, but maybe it's time the world puts you out to pasture. Thanks for your service for all those years. I'm sure you held up all the cultural conventions of the time in an honorable way. And now your time has come to relax a bit. Let that young, female justice who eventually married the McKays get her moment of glory.
|Dr. Wendy Walsh holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and her area of interest is Attachment Theory, a psychological, evolutionary and ethological theory that provides a descriptive and explanatory framework for understanding interpersonal relationships between human beings. As a psychological assistant registered with the California Board of Psychology, Dr. Walsh has treated individuals, couples and families for a variety of mental health concerns including personality disorders, anger management, eating and substance disorders, and depression. Connect with Dr. Walsh on Facebook.|