Despite sending out invitations and setting a date, a black couple in Mississippi say that they were denied the opportunity to have their wedding at a local church because of their race. Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson told local NBC news station WLBT that pastor Stan Weatherford of First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs told them that his parishioners were "pitching a fit" about their color.
"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.
The Wilsons were trying to get married at the predominantly white First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs — a church they attend regularly, but are not members of.
"He had people in the sanctuary that were pitching a fit about us being a black couple," said Te'Andrea Wilson. "I didn't like it at all, because I wasn't brought up to be racist. I was brought up to love and care for everybody."
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.
Watch the video interview at WLBT.