theGrio: Miss. Church Apologizes For Barring Black Marriage

Source: Jeff Amy / AP /  theGrio

JACKSON, Miss.  — A predominantly white Mississippi church has apologized for its refusal to allow a black couple to marry in its sanctuary, though the couple said Monday they knew nothing of the apology until a reporter called.

The First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs posted the apology on its website Sunday, saying it was seeking “forgiveness and reconciliation” with Charles Wilson and Te’Andrea Henderson Wilson, their families and friends and God.

“This wrong decision resulted in hurt and sadness for everyone. Both the pastor and those involved in the wedding location being changed have expressed their regrets and sorrow for their actions,” reads part of the six-paragraph statement.

However, Charles Wilson said no one from the church had contacted him or his wife.

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  • robjh1

    This was a sad ploy by the paster at the church. He used this couple to make a point. 

  • Phaerisee

    President Obama had to endure weeks of scrutiny over his church associations. It is only fair that we hold Mitt Romney up to the same scrutiny. If conservatives and christians realized what he was all about, I am not sure they would vote for him. It is important that we spread the word.

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