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Mississippi Church Refuses to Marry Black Couple

They had booked their wedding far in advance. The invitations had been sent, the programs printed. But one day before Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson were to be married at the Mississippi church they frequented, they said a pastor told them they would have to find another venue — because they were black.

There has never been a black wedding at the First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs, Miss., since its founding in 1883. According to Pastor Stan Weatherford, some church members objected so strongly to breaking that precedent, they threatened to oust him from his pastorship.

Rather than risk his job, Weatherford, who is white, said he decided to marry the pair at a black church down the road.

— by Alon Harish writing for ABC News (July 28, 2012)

UPDATE July 31, 2012: this from CNN.com implies the church is reversing their position:

"Our many ministries here are open to everyone and have been for many years," the church deacons said in a statement read to the congregation, according to The Clarion Ledger. “We would never consider doing otherwise.”

When contacted Monday evening, Weatherford said the church would have no comment on the situation.

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    wtf
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    And I thought these church officials would know that God loves all, regardless of race and color. I wonder what this...
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    I’m more alarmed by the statistic than I am by the isolated incident tbh. Not that the incident itself isn’t horrifying.
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    Post racial society is a hilarious statement. Psh.
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