This is Te’Andrea and Charles Wilson. They were recently married. Just not in the church they attended. Why? Because “there has never been a black wedding at the First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs, Miss., since its founding in 1883.”
Geez, you gotta start sometime.
But the pastor said church members threatened to fire him if he married the couple. So he married them in an alternate venue. Because he didn’t want to lose his job, yanno.
Apparently the church allows black members and black employees. It just doesn’t want to host black weddings. And according to pastor Stan Weatherford, the church is now holding meetings to decide how it should respond if other black people want to be married there.