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Monday, July 30, 2012

Baptist church in Mississippi refuses to marry black couple

To say I am stunned about this is an understatement. I am astonished! I am also ashamed that a church filled with people claiming to be Christians (Christ-like!) would do this! - Reggie

A predominantly white church in Mississippi has refused to marry a couple because they are black.

Update at 9:50 a.m. ET: The Rev. Stan Weatherford was asked why he gave into the wishes of the members who didn't want the wedding held at the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs.

"I was just trying to think about a win-win," he said Sunday to the Clarion-Ledger. "The thing is, I'm a peacemaker, and sometimes because I'm a peacemaker it gets me in trouble. The thing about it is this: I love the people of our church and that's the bottom line."

Original post: Just two days before their scheduled wedding, Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson were forced to change venues after the Rev. Stan Weatherford told them that some church members were uncomfortable with the black couple getting married in the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs.

"The church congregation had decided no black could be married at that church, and that if he went on to marry her, then they would vote him out the church," said Charles Wilson, WLBT-TV in Jackson reports.

Insiders say five or six members went to Weatherford after seeing the couple's wedding rehearsal the Thursday night before their Saturday wedding, the Clarion-Ledger reports.

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