I nearly posted about this story when I first saw it earlier in the week, but I decided against it. However, now that the story has found its way this side of the Atlantic, perhaps it does deserve a comment.
Keith Bardwell, a justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, refused to officiate at the marriage of a mixed-race couple on the grounds that it would not be fair to any children they might have. Now, I don't like a media witch-hunt demanding that someone lose their job, but it is difficult to see how Mr Bardwell's position can still be tenable. Even if he has a point (and I certainly do not believe that he does), it is obviously not his position to choose who should and should not marry.
The story is very reminiscent of the Lilian Ladele case in this country, where Ms Ladele, a registrar, was quite rightly disciplined after refusing to conduct civil partnership ceremonies.