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Terence McKay, denied a marriage license by a Louisiana justice of the peace

Terence McKay, denied a marriage license by a Louisiana justice of the peace

This week, Keith Bardwell, a justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, refused to marry an interracial couple. You heard it right! Someone slept through 1967, the year the Supreme Court ruled that laws against interracial marriages were unconstitutional. The couple, Terence McKay and Beth Humphrey, went to another justice of the peace and were successfully married a couple days later. 

 

Bardwell said that he has many black friends that come to his home, that even use his bathroom. Bardwell was supposedly concerned that the couple’s interracial marriage would end in divorce. Civil rights groups are calling for Bardwell’s resignation. -JCD

10/17/09 update: Top Louisiana officials, including Gov. Bobby Jindal, have called for Bardwell’s dismissal.

Loving Day Flagship Celebration in NYC

Loving Day Flagship Celebration in NYC

Loving Day celebrates the anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the historic Supreme Court decision that struck down laws against interracial marriages. Loving Day fights racial prejudice through education and builds multicultural community. With events throughout the U.S. and internationally, including a flagship celebration in New York City, find an event near you or host your own!

Mildred and Richard Loving (Associated Press)

Mildred and Richard Loving (Associated Press)

Richard and Mildred Loving of Central Point, Virginia, married in Washington, D.C. in the 1950s and according to Virginia state laws at the time, were living “illegally” as an interracial couple. Their case went all the way to the Supreme Court and on June 12, 1967, interracial marriages were no longer illegal in states ranging from Delaware to Texas. While the fight for equality continues along many different social lines, what a long way we have come in 42 years! It’s compelling to see how constructions of the American family continue to evolve.

To learn more about the Lovings and Loving v. Virginia, visit:

US Supreme Court media on the decision

http://www.oyez.org/cases/1960-1969/1966/1966_395

Loving Day educational resources

http://www.lovingday.org/learn

Marian Wright Edelman: Remembering Mildred Loving

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marian-wright-edelman/remembering-mildred-lovin_b_107292.html