Happy are we to see this thing come to a sane conclusion.
Most of our reader are doubtless familiar with the story of Keith Bardwell, the Tangipahoa Parish Judge who refused to legally validate, (sign) a marriage license to a ZebraCouple. Yesterday, Bardwell resigned.
Here are the high(low)lights– the quotes attributed to Mr. Bardwell throughout his Waterloo: (Bold, italicized responses courtesy ZebraCouple)
“I’ve had countless numbers of people that was born in that situation, and that they claim that the blacks or the whites didn’t accept the children. And I didn’t want to put the children in that position.” Has anybody at all come to this man’s defense? Have any of the “countless” come forward to thank Bardwell for his wise counsel? And OMG, can a Judge PLEASE go back for some night school English!!!?
“I needed to step down because they was going to take me to court, and I was going to lose.” Man knew he stood no chance in a court of law, but wasn’t smart enough 1) to use proper grammar, or 2) to just let the matter go.
“I would probably do the same thing again.” : “Now when I nod my head, you hit it.” No surprise here. Judge would do it all again. Resign again too, I s’pose.
“I found out I can’t be a justice of the peace and have a conscience.” Don’t you learn, pretty early on as a Judge, that “JUSTICE” needs to be blind; i.e. without conscience? Applying the laws fairly and evenly, disregarding your conscience (and personal baggage)? I picked up that much watching Perry Mason and Matlock!
“No regrets.” I’ll bet he regrets it when he learns his sweet Tangipahoa Parish pension checks aren’t in the mail!
“It’s kind of hard to apologize for something that you really and truly feel down in your heart you haven’t done wrong.” Huh!? He feels down in his heart that he didn’t do this wrong? Not what I think he meant to say. Hey– what if what the Judge really meant to say, way back at the beginning of all of this was, “Yes!! Yes we DO do Interracial marriages”?
You see, all this was was a giant misunderstanding.
Former Judge Keith Bardwell’s misunderstanding of the terms fairness, equality, and oddly enough– Justice.