Church that blocked black wedding apologizes

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A church that wouldn’t allow a black couple to get married in its sanctuary has apologized. However, the couple didn’t know about it until reporters called.

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

Charles Wilson said no one from the church had contacted him or his wife with the news and that he considered that an insult.

The Wilsons had planned a marriage at the predominantly white church July 21, but some members objected to the Rev. Stan Weatherford after the couple’s rehearsal.

The couple had to move their wedding to a predominantly black church, where Weatherford officiated. The Wilsons decried their treatment, attracting attention.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Photo Caption: In this July 27, 2012 photo, Charles, right, and Te’Andrea Wilson pose for photos in front of the First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs, Miss. Just days before they were to be wed at the church, the Wilsons were told the wedding would not be permitted because some members of the congregation didn’t want a black couple to be married there. The couple had been attending the church and had plans to join. The wedding was moved to a nearby church and officiated by the First Baptist pastor, Rev. Stan Weatherford. (AP Photo/The Clarion-Ledger, Barbara Gauntt)

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