Many conservatives have chosen to stand by Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy in his opposition to marriage equality. A member of the Mississippi House, Rep. Alan Nunnelee, recently wrote to his constituents , “Many on the left have called the radical idea that a company embrace traditional values and support strengthening families ‘bigoted.'”
Well, I wonder if Rep. Nunnelee will have the courage to stand by a church in his home state that is also embracing it’s traditional values:
They had booked their wedding far in advance. The invitations had been sent, the programs printed. But one day before Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson were to be married at the Mississippi church they frequented, they said a pastor told them they would have to find another venue — because they were black.
There has never been a black wedding at the First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs, Miss., since its founding in 1883. According to Pastor Stan Weatherford, some church members objected so strongly to breaking that precedent, they threatened to oust him from his pastorship.
Segregation, whether de jure and de facto, have long been traditions in southern life. No doubt the good folks at First Baptist who object to this marriage will tell you that they are in no way “bigots” or “racist”. Sure the couple is nice enough, but they have their own churches. It’s not “bigoted” to stick to the traditional values that have been in place since 1883, is it?
To be fair to First Baptist, this seems to be a minority position held by – I’m guessing – a faction with money and clout.