Mississippi church barred black couple from marrying

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The Independent US

Mississippi's Governor has described the refusal by a predominantly white church to allow a black couple to get married there as "unfortunate".

Phil Bryant said the decision had "tainted" Mississippi's image and the state should encourage the union of any couple – as long as they were a man and a woman.

Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson say they were not allowed to marry at First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs, a small town south of Jackson. They were married at a predominantly black church nearby after some congregants at First Baptist said they opposed allowing black people to marry in the church.