July 30th, 2012
08:00 AM ET

Church refuses to marry black couple in Mississippi

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - 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.

"This was, had not, had never been done here before so it was setting a new (precedent) and there were those who reacted to that," Weatherford told WLBT.

"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," he reportedly said.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Jorge

    Disgusting. If "assimilating" into the idea of what some people think it takes to be an American means being like this, I'd rather not.

    August 6, 2012 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Anchorite

    So, the church got between them and God in order to protect them from discrimination?

    July 30, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. GI JON

    Man i thought as a nation we were way beyond this kind of cap

    July 30, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. greg

    Ashamed that color would play a role like that when these people are supposed to be in the House of God. What Bible sre they reading?

    July 30, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |