One Mississippi couple is still very hurt after their church forced them to change the location of their wedding because they’re Black.
Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson had intended to jump the broom at the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs, but some members of the congregation did not want them to wed there. The seemingly small group put pressure on pastor Stan Weatherford to push the couple’s wedding to another location.
Ultimately, Pastor Stan gave in to the requests and asked the Wilsons to find another venue for their big day. He presided over the wedding at another church nearby. Although Charles and Te’Andra seemed to enjoy their big day, the newlyweds are still very upset about having the wedding pushed out of their home church over race.
"Because of the fact that we were Black, some of the members of the congregation had got upset and decided that no Black couple would ever be married at that church," Charles told CNN. "All we wanted to do in the eyes of God was to be man and wife in a church that we thought we felt loved. What was wrong with that?"
Te’Andrea revealed that she’d been a member of the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs, which several of her family members also attend, for well over a year. Charles said that when he goes to service there he has never felt unwelcome, but this was a sobering shock. His new wife still can’t believe what happened.
"I was very devastated. It really hurt me really badly because I had dreams of having my wedding the way I wanted it," Te’Andrea said. "And I also dreamed of having it at the church, and unfortunately it didn’t happen."
While none of the members that forced the couple to move their wedding have stepped forward, other members of the congregation are speaking out.
"I’m hoping the church body will address this," said one man, "but myself personally, I would like to apologize to the Wilsons, to their family and friends, and the entire Black community because this has happened."
Another woman who attends the church told WLBT, "We’ve basically as a racist church, which we’re not. we’ll welcome anybody that wants to come through those doors. "
Although Charles welcomes the apologies, he questions why no one spoke out in their defense before now.
Game’s wedding back on