July 30th, 2012
05:22 PM ET

Church that barred black wedding affirms commitment to equal treatment

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) –A Mississippi church that wouldn't allow a black couple to marry in its sanctuary because of the couple's race  appears to be trying to right a wrong, as officials with the church's denomination decried the incident.

Charles and Te' Andrea Wilson, regular attendees at First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs, Mississippi, were forced to relocate their wedding this month at the last minute.  Their pastor, Stan Weatherford, made the relocation request on behalf of some congregants who didn't want to see the couple married there, according to CNN affiliate WLBT.

Weatherford performed the ceremony at a nearby church.

At services on Sunday, the congregation's leadership addressed the controversy in a statement read to the church.

Read the full post on CNN's Belief blog

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  1. Thomas Matschiner

    "Casablanca" 1942 (First Baptist Church Crystal Springs, MS 2012)

    Captain Louis Renault (Congregation)

    "I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling (prejudice) is going on in here."

    Not much has changed in 70 years, has it?

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