Black couple says racism forced wedding relocation

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Associated Press

Posted on July 28, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 28 at 6:31 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi couple says the church where they planned to get married turned them away because they are black.

Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson say they had set the date and mailed invitations, but the day before their wedding they say they got bad news from the pastor of predominantly white First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs: Some church members complained about the black couple having a wedding there.

Pastor Stan Weatherford told WLBT TV (http://bit.ly/QSNlf8) he was surprised when a small number of church members opposed holding the wedding at the church. Weatherford performed the wedding at another church to avoid having controversy affect the church or the wedding.

Church officials now say they welcome any race. They plan to hold internal meetings on how to move forward.

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