October 16th, 2009
09:02 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Interracial Couple Denied Marriage License

Terence McKay says a justice of the peace refused to give him and his white girlfriend a marriage license.

Terence McKay says a justice of the peace refused to give him and his white girlfriend a marriage license.

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

There are more calls for a white justice of the peace in Louisiana to resign for refusing to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple.

Today Louisiana's Republican governor Bobby Jindal and Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu said Keith Bardwell broke the law and his license should be revoked.

The NAACP agrees.

"If he doesn't do what his position calls for him to do, he should resign from that position," Patricia Morris, president of the NAACP branch of Tangipahoa Parish, near the Mississippi line, told CNN Thursday.

Tonight on 360°, we're uncovering America with new details on the controversy.

Beth Humphrey, 30, who is white, and Terence McKay, 32, who is black, ended up going to another justice of the peace to get married.

You'll hear from the bride tonight. She says this case boils town to racism.

However, Bardwell told a local newspaper he's not a racist. He claims interracial marriages don't last.

"I do ceremonies for black couples right here in my house. My main concern is for the children," he added.

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And we continue Dr. Sanjay Gupta's reports on cheating death. Tonight meet a woman who told Sanjay what it was like to die and why she believes there is an afterlife.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10pm ET. See you then!

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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Alvin Garner

    My wife and i have been married 41 years. We were the first interacial marriage in orange County, NC and possibly to first in North Carolina. I am saddened that these types of attitudes still exist. Even more surprised at his statement of Interacial marriges not lasting...regretfully, it seems that there are a lot of marriages that do not last these days, not just interacial marriages.

    October 18, 2009 at 9:44 pm |
  2. janette tx

    Adam...Tsk tsk!!!

    October 18, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
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