Phil Bryant
Mississippi Governor: Church Should Let Blacks Marry But Not Gays

By Lucas Grindley

Originally published on August 02 2012 8:05 PM ET

Mississippi's governor says it's disappointing that a black couple was told by a Baptist church they can't marry there. But he also wants to make clear it would be fine if the church had wanted to turn away a same-sex couple.

“Look, when people want to get married, we ought to let them get married,” said Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, according to The Mississippi Press. “We have enough people that won’t go and get married. I want to make every opportunity I can for any couple that wants to, to go get married.”

Then a reporter apparently asked if that same welcoming message applied to same-sex couples and the governor changed his tune.

“I wouldn’t say gay couples, no,” Bryant said. “I’d say a man and a woman. Let me make sure, let’s get that right. When I say couples, I automatically assume it’s a man and a woman.”

Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson attend the First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs, Mississippi but at the last moment weren't allowed to use the sanctuary in July for their ceremony after some parishioners objected to blacks being married there.