After coming under fire for refusing to perform the marriage ceremony of an interracial couple, Louisiana Justice of the Peace Keith Bardwell has resigned. Now the couple is speaking out.
In an exclusive statement to momlogic, Beth Humphrey says, "I wonder if he feels he did anything wrong? Being an interracial couple, you're concerned with how people really feel about you. It's a shame. I am glad he resigned because he shouldn't have that position, but I wonder if he's resigning because he didn't have any legal options or because he felt he did something wrong? He doesn't think he did anything wrong and refuses to apologize, so again, I am glad he resigned. This way, no other couples have to experience what we went through."
Beth says she and her now husband, Terence McKay, obtained their marriage license from the court clerk last month, where they were also given a list of officiants who could perform the ceremony. Beth says when she contacted Bardwell's office to make arrangements, she was told that he would not sign their license because they were a "mixed couple."
Humphrey and McKay, who will appear on an upcoming episode of the Tyra Banks Show, have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Bardwell.