Hammond, Louisiana: Tangipahoa Parish Justice of the Peace Keith Bardwell refused to grant a marriage license to an interracial couple on grounds, in his opinion, that the unions do not last long.
"I do ceremonies for black couples right here in my house. My main concern is for the children," said Bardwell. "I don't do interracial marriages because I don't want to put children in a situation they didn't bring on themselves."
The couple, 30-year-old Beth Humphrey and 32-year-old Terence McKay, say they will file a discrimination complaint. "The Supreme Court ruled as far back as 1963 that the government cannot tell people who they can and cannot marry," the ACLU said.