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Community speaks out about Black couple denied marriage at a church in Miss.

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Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson (provided by WLBT.com) Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson (provided by WLBT.com)
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(WMC-TV) – People in Mississippi and across the Mid-South are weighing in on the story of an African American couple who was not allowed to get married at a predominantly white church.

Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson were all set to have their wedding ceremony at the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs, until a group of members said they did not want the ceremony held there because of the couple's race.

The pastor ended up performing the nuptials at a different church.

Charles Wilson said they have received some mixed reaction about their story.

"The other side of it is, that those wonderful folks that have came to me and said 'I'm so happy that someone spoke up about it, come to our church. Come see us...come pray with us. We're not like that kind. We are Christian people and we want you to come and fellowship with us,'" Wilson said.

And now the Mayor of The City of Crystal Springs speaks out.

"I was saddened, actually saddened even last night and today about the situation and my first reaction is this is not a reflection of the city of Crystal Springs," Said Mayor Garland.

A unity rally will be held in the city Monday night.

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