LA JP refuses to marry interracial couple

Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

HAMMOND, LA (WFLX) - Louisiana newlyweds are outraged after they were denied a marriage license because they are from different races.

A Louisiana Justice of the Peace says, he believes, interracial marriages are morally wrong and refused to perform the ceremony between a black man and white woman.

Justice Keith Bardwell says it is his right not to marry the two because, he says, most interracial marriages end up in divorce. "He saying 99 percent of it winds up in divorce," said Terence McKay. "How many people get married and wind up in divorce, you know, white or black?"

The couple did travel to a nearby parish where they were able to tie the knot.

The NAACP is calling for the justice to step down.