Friday, October 16, 2009

I'm Glad I Don't Live In Tangipahoa Parish

That's where Justice of the Peace Keith Bardwell is refusing to let people of different races marry each other. In his own words, "I'm not a racist. I just don't believe in mixing the races that way." Classic.

This is bad for everybody. But assuming that the judge is consistent about this sort of thing, the people who really have it bad are Asians, who make up 0.39% of Tangipahoa Parish's 100,000 or so residents. They've only got 195 Asians of the opposite sex to marry. Maybe an eighth of those people are around their age, leaving them with 24 or so potential partners, of whom like ten will already be married or gay or something, leaving 14 in the parish, of whom they may know three. (And who knows if Bardwell will let a Japanese dude marry an Indian girl?) Even if you don't have country fever like I do, it's a pretty bad deal.
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