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Fri Aug 3, 2012, 03:55 AM

Mississippi governor: wedding ban on black couple was 'unfortunate' [View all]

Source: Associated Press

Mississippi governor: wedding ban on black couple was 'unfortunate'

Phil Bryant said the denial of a wedding for Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson by a church has tainted Mississippi's image

Associated Press in Philadelphia, Mississippi
guardian.co.uk, Friday 3 August 2012 03.56 EDT

Mississippi governor Phil Bryant has said it was "unfortunate" that a predominantly white church in the state wouldn't allow a black couple to get married in its sanctuary, adding that the state should encourage the union of any couple as long as it is made up of a man and a woman.

Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson say they weren't allowed to marry in July at First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs, a small town south of Jackson.

The Rev Stan Weatherford, pastor of the church, married the Wilsons at a church nearby. The wedding was moved after some congregants at First Baptist told Weatherford they opposed allowing black people to marry in the church.

"As hard as we work to try to convince the rest of the world that Mississippi has changed and, in fact, we have to see an unfortunate situation like that occur is very disappointing," Bryant said on Thursday.


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