A few days ago I commented on Keith Bardwell, the jerk Justice of the Peace who decided to apply his own bit of social engineering to interracial couples who came to him asking for a marriage license: he’d deny them. I noticed this follow-up story on Friday but lacked the time to post on it:
Louisiana’s governor and a U.S. senator joined Friday in calling for the ouster of a local official who refused to marry an interracial couple, saying his actions clearly broke the law.
Keith Bardwell, a white justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish in the southeastern part of the state, refused to issue a marriage license earlier this month to Beth Humphrey, who is white, and Terence McKay, who is black. His refusal has prompted calls for an investigation or resignation from civil and constitutional rights groups and the state’s Legislative Black Caucus.
Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal said in a statement a nine-member commission that reviews lawyers and judges in the state should investigate.
“Disciplinary action should be taken immediately — including the revoking of his license,” Jindal said.
Well, I guess that answers the question of whether he’s actually an officer of the court or not. He clearly is or he wouldn’t fall under the review of the commission. Good on ya, Governor Jindal. Go get him.