Wedding Banned: Crystal Springs, Miss. Residents Support Banned Couple, Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson

07/31/2012 06:18 pm ET

The townspeople of Crystal Springs, Miss. have rallied together to support Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson after they were banned from marrying in their local Baptist church.

The Wilsons planned to marry in the First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs, but were informed the day before their wedding that a group of congregation members didn't want a black couple to marry there. The Wilsons were married at a nearby church instead.

The Clarion Ledger reports that community members gathered with church leaders and city officials in a local park for prayer to show support for the couple in the aftermath of the Wilson's wedding controversy.

The incident quickly made national news and caused a firestorm of negativity aimed at Crystal Springs residents. But community members have since been trying to combat the racist image. One resident, Greg Duke, has invited the Wilsons back to the predominantly white First Baptist Church "so they could get to know the majority of the congregation who didn't know what happened until after the wedding and stand firmly on their side," according to the Ledger.

Biases have been getting in the way of many a wedding lately. One gay couple in Colorado was denied a wedding cake by a Lakewood shop, and another gay couple in Nebraska wasn't permitted to have their wedding announcement printed in an alumni newsletter.

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