Wedding Banned: Black Couple Told They Can't Wed In Baptist Church :
Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson were looking forward to saying "I do" in the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs, Miss. on July 21. But the day before their Big Day, their pastor told them their wedding had been cancelled.
Fox 6 in Alabama reports that the couple had booked the church and distributed invitations only to find out that the church's congregation had decided that the Wilsons, an African American couple, could not tie the knot in their church.
"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 [the pastor] out the church," Charles Wilson told Fox.
More information from the local Fox affiliate:
The church's pastor, Dr. Stan Weatherford, says he was taken by surprise by what he calls a small minority against the black marriage at the church.
"This had never been done before here, so it was setting a new precedent, and there are those who reacted to that because of that," said Weatherford.
Weatherford went on and performed the wedding at a nearby church.
"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," said Weatherford.
After months of planning, the newlyweds say they had no choice but to go through with the wedding at the new location, but they still can't understand why a church would ban their wedding because of race.
"I blame the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs, I blame those members who knew and call themselves Christians and didn't stand up," said Charles Wilson.
On the one hand, it's good that Pastor Weatherford performed the marriage, but it's the least he could do. He sounds like a complete candy-ass for not telling the "small minority" to get stuffed. First, in Christ, there is no racial division. Second, this is 2012. Third, what did these people suddenly turn black? The First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs had a contract with the Wilsons. The Wilsons had made plans. The Wilsons were the people being injured and offended against. It doesn't matter the reason, Weatherford should have told his small minority to go stuff themselves.
For what it is worth here is a poll purporting to show that a sizeable percentage of Republican primary voters support outlawing interracial marriage. If true, these are bizarre numbers. The polls may not be accurate, given that the poll moves into its lame questions that anyone listening to would realize is an effort to make the person polled look ridiculous. The answers may be a "f.u." response.