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US NewsMississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'

15:05  04 september  2019
15:05  04 september  2019 Source:   huffingtonpost.co.uk

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Welch told The Post that her brother and his fiancee had already arranged a date to look at the venue in northeast Mississippi when the couple received a message from one of the owners: They weren’t going to be accommodated anymore, the owner allegedly wrote, citing her Christian beliefs as

The owners of a Mississippi wedding venue that reneged on renting to an engaged couple after finding out the groom and bride-to be were from two different races says hosting an interracial marriage would violate their Christian beliefs . Mississippi State University student LaKambria S

Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief' © Twitter booneville

A Mississippi event hall has come under fire after an employee cited “our Christian race” and “our Christian belief” as reasons why it refused to allow a wedding for an interracial couple.

LaKambria Welch told Deep South Voice magazine on Sunday that she drove to Boone’s Camp Event Hall in Booneville after the venue told her brother via Facebook that he wouldn’t be allowed to hold his upcoming nuptials there “because of [the company’s] beliefs.”

Welch said she wanted to hear firsthand why her brother — who is black and is engaged to a white woman — had been rebuffed by the venue. Welch said she was horrified when a company employee explained.

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A Mississippi wedding venue that refused to host an interracial couple on their big day — reportedly citing " Christian belief " — has seemingly backtracked "First of all, we don't do gay weddings or mixed race because of our Christian race — I mean, our Christian belief ," the woman is heard saying.

NEW: A Mississippi venue allegedly cancelled a couple 's wedding plans after discovering the "We don’t do gay weddings or mixed race, because of our Christian race—I mean, our Christian belief The owner wrote a since-deleted apology on Facebook, citing her incorrect assumptions of the Bible

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In a video filmed by Welch and posted on Facebook, a woman identified as someone who worked at the event hall said the venue did not allow LGBTQ or interracial couples to host weddings there.

“First of all, we don’t do gay weddings or mixed race, because of our Christian race — I mean, our Christian belief,” the woman is heard telling Welch in the clip.

“Okay, we’re Christians as well,” Welch responds. “So what in the Bible tells you that ...”

Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief' © Getty 'We don't do gay weddings or mixed race' (file photo) The woman interrupts: “Well, I don’t want to argue my faith. We just don’t participate. We choose not to.”

The video quickly went viral. Amid the ensuing backlash, Boone’s Camp Event Hall deleted its Facebook page before reinstating it on Sunday, Newsweek reported.

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Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'

The owner of the venue then posted an apology on Facebook, explaining they had met with their pastor and discovered no Bible passage forbidding interracial marriage.

“The revelation was apparently quite surprising for the author, who referenced being taught that races should remain separate while growing up,” Newsweek wrote, paraphrasing the Facebook apology.

Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief' © Google Boone's Camp Event Hall in Booneville, Mississippi As of early Tuesday, the venue’s Facebook page appears to have again been removed.

The city of Booneville issued a statement on Monday saying it does “not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.”

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Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'
Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing 'Christian Belief'

“The City of Booneville, Mayor, and Board of Aldermen do not condone or approve these types of discriminatory policies,” the statement said.

As Deep South Voice noted, Mississippi lawmakers passed a “religious freedom” law in 2016 that allows businesses to refuse service to LGBTQ people on the basis of religious beliefs. The law explicitly mentions gender and sexual orientation, but not race.

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