Check out this incredible video of Louisiana's' Republican Senator David diaper-Dave Vitter, running away from mrcawguy when asked about his inability to denounce a Louisiana justice of the peace after he denied an a marriage license to an interracial couple:
According to the reporters over at TalkingPointsMemo.com, Senator David Vitter is the only senior eleted offiial from Louisiania that hasn't denouned the magistrate that denied a marriage license to inter-racial applicants.Here's the original story (via the AP/Yahoo):
I gave him the chance to denounce the judge. He clammed up.
NEW ORLEANS – A Louisiana justice of the peace said he refused to issue ato an interracial couple out of concern for any children the couple might have. Keith Bardwell, in Tangipahoa Parish, says it is his experience that most interracial marriages do not last long. Both Democratic Senator Mary L. Landrieu and Republican Governor Bobby Jindal have demanded the justice's firing (via CNN):
"I'm not a racist. I just don't believe in mixing the races that way," Bardwell told the Associated Press on Thursday. "I have piles and piles of black friends. They come to my home, I marry them, they use my bathroom. I treat them just like everyone else."
Bardwell said he asks everyone who calls about marriage if they are a mixed race couple. If they are, he does not marry them, he said.
Bardwell said he has discussed the topic with blacks and whites, along with witnessing some interracial marriages. He came to the conclusion that most of black society does not readily accept offspring of such relationships, and neither does white society, he said.
"There is a problem with both groups accepting a child from such a marriage," Bardwell said. "I think those children suffer and I won't help put them through it."
If he did an interracial marriage for one couple, he must do the same for all, he said.
"I try to treat everyone equally," he said.
Jindal said the state judiciary committee should review the incident in which Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace for Tangipahoa Parish's 8th Ward, refused to issue a marriage license to Beth Humphrey, 30, and her boyfriend, Terence McKay, 32, both of Hammond.Here reaction to the video from America Blog's :
"This is a clear violation of constitutional rights and federal and state law. ... Disciplinary action should be taken immediately -- including the revoking of his license," the Republican governor said.
Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-Louisiana, said the committee should "use its authority to have Justice Bardwell dismissed from his position.""Not only does [Bardwell's] decision directly contradict Supreme Court rulings, it is an example of the ugly bigotry that divided our country for too long," she said.
Republican Senator David Vitter (R-La) visibly squirms when asked to comment on the recent case of a justice of the peace in his state of Louisiana who refuses to marry blacks to whites. We criticize Republicans a lot, but this is simply stunning. He's refusing to comment on obvious, blatant, outrageous racism. And the only reason one could imagine is that he doesn't want to upset his own racist supporters in his state. Is Louisiana really still that racist that a Republican Senator can't speak out in favor of blacks marring whites, and against those who would suggest that such marriages are wrong? What other possible reason could a Republican senator from the south have for squirming, and going silent, when asked his opinion about an official in his own state who refuses to conduct interracial marriages. Is Louisiana really that racist and that backward? Is Vitter?TPM's Josh Marshall chimes in:
Over the last few days we've noted that Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) appears to be the only high-profile political figure in Louisiana unwilling to speak out against the state Justice of the Peace who won't marry interracial couples. Clearly, Dems want to hit this as a way to show that Vitter has less than sterling civil rights credentials. And at first I had to assume that some of this at least was just a matter of Vitter's office not prioritizing the matter or putting out a statement. But here he's again refusing to say anything negative about the guy or make even a pro forma statement in favor of the right of blacks and whites to marry each other. This shouldn't be that hard a climb, even for a Republican in a Deep South state.As does the Plum Line's Greg Sargent:
Special JMM WTF Update: I mean, I keep being surprised at Sen. Vitter's apparently ingrained unwillingness to say that he thinks people of different races should be able to marry. I mean, that's so mid-20th century. Even in the South. We're on to denying marriage rights to gays. Honestly, I'm confounded. What's his resistance? I'm not even talking about whatever Vitter may or may not think personally. What's his resistance politically? In case you haven't seen it, see Vitter's statement here. --jmmread more....
Okay, you may have heard that GOP Senator David Vitter of Louisiana has come under fire for refusing to comment on or condemn Keith Bardwell, a white justice of the peace from his state who refused to preside over the nuptials of an interracial couple.
I’ve now gotten comment from Vitter’s office, and it won’t make his critics any happier. His spokesman tells me Vitter thinks “judges should follow the law.” But he didn’t directly comment on Bardwell or pass judgment on what he did, even though Governor Bobby Jindal and Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana have both called for the judge to resign or have his license revoked.
Vitter’s spokesman also seemed to suggest that asking for comment on Bardwell isn’t legit, and took a hard shot at blogger Mike Stark, who has been publicizing widely-circulated video of Vitter dodging questions about the judge. Vitter spokesman Joel DiGrado emails me this:read more...
“First, Sen. Vitter thinks that all judges should follow the law as written and not make it up as they go along. Second, it would be amazing for anyone to do a story based on this fringe, left-wing political hack’s blog — he’s been handcuffed and detained in the past over his guerrilla tactics.”