Racist Churchgoers Force Black Couple To Change Wedding Venue
Looks like members of the LGBT community aren't the only ones still having to
struggle with their rights to marry. A couple in Jackson, Mississippi
were reportedly forced to relocate churches the day before their wedding
after the pastor notified them that some church members were
uncomfortable having a black couple married there.
According to reports, the incident has to do with Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson who were trying to get conduct their ceremony at The First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs which is predominantly white but doesn't forbid black churchgoers.
Apparently, some anonymous members of the church had started a campaign to have the wedding moved, and it's believed that only five or six members were involved. This is despite the fact that Te'Andrea Wilson has been attending the First Baptist Church for more
than a year. Her father also attended the church, and her uncle was a
custodian there. The Wilsons called the controversy "devastating."
A pastor named Stan Weatherford said he was surprised by the reaction, and ended up performing the ceremony at another church. He agrees that it's not what Christ would have done, and felt that it was important to pass the message along to the newlyweds to be:
I didn't want to have a controversy within the church, and I didn't want a controversy to affect the wedding of Charles and Te'Andrea. I wanted to make sure their wedding day was a special day.