NEW ORLEANS, LA (AP) - Louisiana's governor and a U.S. Senator joined Friday in calling for the ouster of a local official who refused to marry an interracial couple.
Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal and Democratic U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu say Keith Bardwell's actions clearly broke the law.
Bardwell is a white justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish. He refused to issue a marriage license earlier this month to Beth Humphrey, who is white, and Terence McKay, who is black.
His refusal has prompted calls for an investigation or resignation from civil and constitutional rights groups and the state's Legislative Black Caucus.
Bardwell did not return calls left on his answering machine Friday.
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