"A Louisiana justice of the peace said he refused to issue a marriage licence to an interracial couple out of concern for any children the couple might have," reports the UK Telegraph.
"I don't do interracial marriages because I don't want to put children in a situation they didn't bring on themselves," the justice is quoted as saying. "In my heart, I feel the children will later suffer."
Perhaps this justice is well-meaning. Or maybe he just emerged out of a time-warp from the Bermuda Triangle.
Am I being too harsh?
After all: All children -- and most of us have been children -- are born into situations they did not bring on themselves. Some situations are good, some are not so good.
The challenge we all face is to make the best of what life throws up before us -- and to overcome and grow in community with our Creator and our fellow man.
Speaking of good situations, consider: Skin color and racial-ethnic diversity are part of the wonder of God's good creation. They've always been there in the potential of the ontology of man's humanity.
I can attest that the Creator's unity of humanity in diversity makes for good fellowship, good music, good soccer teams, and good friendships.
So let's hope, work, and pray for the best for this particular couple.
May the "mixed couple" community have many babies.
And may mixed couples such as this enjoy much humane, physical, loving, and spiritual pleasure in doing so, just as the Creator intends.
And while we're at it, may the beautiful children of this mixed-race couple grow up to become successful achievers and parents in their own right.
I don't know about you, but it wouldn't bother me if they grew up, got rich, enjoyed a really low tax rate, and bought an NFL football team.