Mississippi church refuses to marry black couple

Te'Andrea and Charles Wilson 
By: Debbie Gross 

No blacks in the church, one Mississippi couple was told.

The anger is growing after a church in Crystal Springs told a black couple to go marry elsewhere.

Te'Andrea and Charles Wilson had sent the invitations and had printed the programs, but a few days before the wedding, as they were set to walk down the aisle, the Wilsons were stopped in their tracks after the pastor told them that since the congregation is mostly white they do not want their ceremony to be held at the church.

"I remember a time when The First Baptist Church would not even allow blacks to enter the church," said resident JC Wells.
Wells, who has been operating a barber shop in the shadow of the First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs for three decades, said the church has not progressed much since the days of his racial volatile youth.

"Why does the color matter?" Wells said.
"The congregation has said, because I was black, there would be no wedding in the church," said Charles Wilson.

Te'Andrea Wilson wiped the tears from her face on Friday, a week after the church, whixh she called her home for more than a year, turned her and her now husband away because of their race.

"In the policies that the First Baptist Church has given us the first line reads, a wedding is a Christian ceremony. Where is the Christianity in that?" Charles Wilson said.

The Wilsons ended up tying the knot in a black church in Crystal Springs.
The couple said the pastor of First Baptist Church, Stan Weatherford, said he would be fired if they went forward with the ceremony.