Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson
Let's say you've been attending services at a church for a couple of years, but hadn't officially become members of the church. Let's also say you've decided it's time for you and your significant other to tie the knot, so you approach the church minister and schedule a wedding date at that church. You send out invitations, you finalize your plans, and you take care of the millions of little details that go into having a church wedding.
Then out of the blue you get a phone call from the minister telling you you won't be allowed to be married in that church, after all. The reason? Some members of the congregation pitched a fit when they found out you were planning on being married in their church. Raised so much hell that the minister was afraid he'd be voted out of his position within the church if he followed through and performed the services there. So he arranged to perform the wedding at another church in town on the same day, just to keep the peace.
What possible reason could the congregation have against your wedding? Quite simple, actually. You're too black to be married there, that's all. They don't have a problem with your contributions to the collection plate on Sundays, but a wedding? Not happening.
According to this article, here's what happened:
"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.
"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 minister of the First Babtist Church of Crystal Springs, Mississippi, Stan Weatherford, says he was surprised by the reaction of some members of his congregation.
"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.
A recent poll of registered Republicans revealed that 30% of them believe interracial marriage should be illegal. Apparently, the Christians who attend services at the First Babtist Church of Crystal Springs don't even like the idea of black folks getting married, period.
What year is this, again?