Controversial Justice of the Peace Resigns

POSTED: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 - 3:55pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:59pm

The Justice of the Peace under the microscope for not marrying an interracial couple has resigned.

Tangipahoa Parish Justice Keith Bardwell resigned Tueday. He quit with a one sentence statement to the Secretary of State. No reason was given in that statement.

We tried to talk with him Wednesday - but his wife immediately kicked us off the property.

Bardwell came under fire early last month when he said he wouldn't perform a marriage ceremony between a white bride and black groom. Bardwell was hit with a list of people demanding his resignation - including Governor Bobby Jindal.

We spoke with Bardwell just days after the controversy started. He said he didn't perform the ceremony because he had concerned about the future of the children the couple may have.