July 30th, 2012
01:20 AM ET

Church refuses to marry black couple in Mississippi

Hurt. Devastated. Crushed.

Those are words an African-American couple used to describe how they felt when they were forced to change the venue of their wedding because of their race.

"Because of the fact that we were black, some of the members of the congregation had got upset and decided that no black couple would ever be married at that church," Charles Wilson told CNN on Sunday night.

"All we wanted to do in the eyes of God was to be man and wife in a church that we thought we felt loved. What was wrong with that?"

Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson had planned to marry this month at the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs in Mississippi, but were asked at the last minute to move.

Their pastor, Stan Weatherford, made the request on behalf of some congregants who didn't want to see the couple married there, according to CNN affiliate WLBT. He performed the ceremony at a nearby church.


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    That's the Dixieland that I was born in....
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  8. Dott

    Could it be because they were divorced and that goes against the Church Rules? The Baptist Church does not believe in Divorce and our church would not marry me and my now husband because of their rules. No big deal for us even though we could scream discrimination we just had a ceremony in our home. No big deal. Of course we could whine the rest of our lives over something that is just that no big deal.

    July 30, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
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