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Joint statement in response to Louisiana denial of marriage
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Joint statement in response to Louisiana denial of marriage

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
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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