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Mississippi couple told they can’t get married (in this church) because they are black

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A MISSISSIPPI couple was told by a pastor that they could not get married at their church because they were black.

Source: NEWS.COM.AU From correspondents in Mississippi AFP

Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson were told by Pastor Stan Weatherford that some of his congregation would have him fired if he allowed the couple to marry in the church. Picture: Supplied. Source: Supplied

Pastor Stan Weatherford told ABC television on Saturday that there had never been a wedding for blacks at the First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs, Mississippi, since it was opened in 1883.

He said some of the white congregation so virulently opposed the wedding of Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson, who are black, that they threatened to have him fired.

Mr Weatherford, a pastor who is white, offered to wed the Wilsons down the road at a mostly black church, he told the network.

“My 9-year-old was going to the church with us. How would you say to your 9-year-old daughter, ‘We cannot get married here because, guess what sweetie, we’re black,’” Charles Wilson told ABC’s affiliate WAPT-TV.

The would-be groom told WAPT that the couple intended to join the church as members after their wedding, which was planned for July 20. Until they got the bad news that forced them to move their ceremony to another church where it was held on July 21.

Locals voiced shock at the pastor’s move.

“That church was their home,” said local resident Theresa Norwood, 48. “What would Jesus have done? He would have married them, without a doubt, because it’s the right thing to do. We’re all God’s children,” she said.

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2 Responses to Mississippi couple told they can’t get married (in this church) because they are black

  1. Raziya Mohamedali

    July 30, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Isn’t it against the law?!

  2. Rafiq A. Tschannen

    July 30, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Yes, let them sue the church (American style)…