Mississippi Church Refuses to Marry Black Couple
It doesn’t matter how much progression we make as a society because there will always be people who are against equal rights. Recently, an African-American couple from Jackson, Mississippi was the latest victim of racism and inequality in America. The couple, Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson, planned to get married at First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs, which happens to be a predominantly white church. The couple were ecstatic about exchanging their vows until they were notified that the ceremony couldn’t take place at the church.
The couple received the horrific news only two days prior to the wedding. The reason that the church’s pastor, Rev. Stan Weatherford, refused to marry the couple was because members of the congregation complained about an African-American couple getting at their church. It’s reported that five or six members went to Rev. Stan Weatherford after seeing the couple’s wedding rehearsal the Thursday night before their Saturday wedding, and that’s when he broke the news to the couple.
“I feel like it was blatant racial discrimination,” says Wilson.
Rev. Weatherford’s response was, “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.”