Sometimes, I wonder about the good in protesting things, and then I see this (H/T Associated Press):

BATON ROUGE, La. – A Louisiana justice of the peace who refused to marry a couple because the bride was white and groom was black resigned Tuesday, after weeks of refusing to step down despite calls for his ouster from officials including the governor.

Keith Bardwell quit with a one-sentence statement to Louisiana Secretary of State Jay Dardenne and no explanation of his decision: “I do hereby resign the office of Justice of the Peace for the Eighth Ward of Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, effective November 3, 2009.”

Well, since he didn’t fell the need to give an explanation as to why he decided to quit, I’m putting on the tinfoil hat and say that the heat got turned up on his ass; not to mention the potential decision that he was already violating a Supreme Court decision that made marrying interracial couples legal back in 1967 (See Loving v. Virginia).

Or this may have been the reason for his “sudden” resignation:

Humphrey and McKay have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Bardwell. The couple did not immediately return a call for comment.

Everytime I convince myself I live in the 21st Century, some fool like this Louisiana judge tries to return to the “good ol’ days” of the 20th Century, which, to my knowledge and experience, weren’t really that good.

Oh, well….another bigot bites the dust, and that’s always good.

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