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JOINT STATEMENT RESPONDING TO THE DENIAL OF MARRIAGE TO AN INTERRACIAL COUPLE IN LOUISIANA
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JOINT STATEMENT RESPONDING TO THE DENIAL OF MARRIAGE TO AN INTERRACIAL COUPLE IN LOUISIANA

WASHINGTON, D.C., OCT. 16, 2009 - The following statement was issued today by a coalition of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality advocates in response to the refusal by a Louisiana justice of the peace to issue a marriage license to interracial couple in the southeastern part of the state. Keith Bardwell, a justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish, refused to marry Beth Humphrey, who is white, and Terence McKay, who is black, because they are an interracial couple.

The statement may be attributed to the individuals and organizations listed below:

"That anyone would refuse to marry a loving, committed couple on the basis of race is unconscionable. That the person doing so is an official of the state responsible for upholding justice is outrageous and unacceptable."

"We condemn this ugly act in the strongest possible terms and join the NAACP in denouncing this display of racism. It is wrong for loving couples who want to make a life-long marriage commitment to be denied that right because of someone else's prejudice."

Kyle Bailey, Interim Executive Director, National Stonewall Democrats

Jarrett Barrios, President, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation

Toni Broaddus, Executive Director, Equality Federation

Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Kevin Cathcart, Executive Director, Lambda Legal

Jennifer Chrisler, Executive Director, Family Equality Council

Jody Huckaby, Executive Director, PFLAG National (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)

Mara Keisling, Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality

Kate Kendell, Executive Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights

Sharon J. Lettman, Executive Director, National Black Justice Coalition

Joe Solmonese, President, Human Rights Campaign

Lee Swislow, Executive Director, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders

Evan Wolfson, Executive Director, Freedom to Marry

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