The owners of a Mississippi wedding venue have reneged their offer of renting to an engaged couple because they're interracial, and they've listed their Christian beliefs as the reason.
On Saturday, Mississippi State University student LaKambria S. Welch posted a video of her conversation with one of the alleged owners of Boone's Camp Event Hall in Booneville, Mississippi, after she claimed that the venue changed its mind on hosting an event for her brother, who is also black.
Speaking to Deep South Voice, LaKambria said that the venue refused to serve her brother and his fiancee, a white woman, because of 'the venue's belief.'
In the video, an older white woman can be heard saying:
First of all, we don't do gay weddings or mixed race, because of our Christian race... I mean our Christian beliefs.
In response, Welsh says:
OK, we're Christians as well
So... what in the Bible tells you that -
Then, the older white woman says:
'Well, I don't want to argue my faith.
We just don't participate. We just choose not to.
The video was uploaded to Facebook, where it has had over 1,000 views. In a caption, she wrote:
FYI, if you’re a mixed race couple, please do NOT inquire Boones Camp for a wedding venue. They will not accommodate you if you’re “gay” or “mixed race” due to their “Christian beliefs”.
It’s SO sad that RACISM is still going on in 2019. I never knew God to discriminate but as I’ve said before, everyone will have their time with him. I just hope it’s all worth it.
Boone's Camp Event Hall
This isn't the first time that Boone has discriminated against people based on their sexuality or race, reports the Daily Mail.
In 2018, Boone reportedly refused to serve a lesbian and her bride-to-be. Speaking to the Mail, Katelynn Springsteen, the woman's friend, said:
I was trying to find my best friend, who is lesbian, a wedding venue. I was immediately shot down when I was asked if they were okay with a gay wedding.
In a message, Springsteen said:
Are you okay with it being a gay marriage ceremony?
In response, the venue reportedly said:
Thanks for checking with us Katelynn, but due to our Christian faith, we would not be able to accommodate you.
Taking to Facebook, Welch expressed her anger at the discriminatory treatment. In a post, she wrote:
I just really don't think God is pleased by the work these people in America are doing... You CANNOT love Jesus and treat HIS children like this.