Please log in, or sign up for a new account and purchase a subscription to continue reading. Please log in, or sign up for a new account to continue reading. LaKambria Welch posted the now-widely seen video to her Facebook page over the weekend.
University of Mississippi student LaKambria S. Welch on Saturday posted video of her conversation with one of the alleged owners of Boone's Camp Event Hall in Booneville, Mississippi after Welch said the business changed its mind about hosting a wedding for her brother - who, like Welch, is black. Welch told Deep South Voice that her brother and his fiancee, a white woman, had been coordinating wedding plans with Boone's for about a week before the owners sent them a note saying the business had decided not to facilitate their union, 'because of the venue's beliefs'.
Welch told The Washington Post in an email that her brother and his fiancee had recently been coordinating with the wedding venue in Booneville, Mississippi, about hosting their upcoming nuptials until they were informed that they were no longer welcome. Welch said it's because her brother is black and his bride-to-be is white. In a now-viral video shared to social media by Welch over the weekend, a woman identified as the event hall's owner can be seen telling the year-old, "First of all, we don't do gay weddings or mixed race. By early Tuesday, the clip had amassed more than 2 million views across Twitter and YouTube, with critics slamming the business's owners as "hateful racists" and calling for the venue to be shuttered.
A Mississippi wedding venue apologized after one of their employees denied an interracial couple's request to use the hall for their wedding, citing her "Christian beliefs. In a Facebook video posted by LaKambria Welch, an unidentified woman working at Boone's Camp Event Hall can be heard saying, "we don't do gay weddings or mixed-raced [weddings] because of our Christian race, I mean our Christian belief. The woman said she did not want to get into a debate on the subject, just that they do not "participate.
A Mississippi event hall apparently refused to rent the space to an interracial couple for their weddingciting the owners' "religious beliefs," a video posted by the groom's sister who recorded a conversation with an employee shows. LaKambria Welch, 24, drove to Boone's Camp Event Hall in Booneville, Mississippi, over Labor Day weekend to confront the owner about why her brother's request to book the venue was denied, she told Deep South Voicewhich first reported the story. Welch's brother, who is black, and his white fiancee were in contact with the owner of the venue but suddenly received a message that they would not be permitted to rent the space because of the venue's "beliefs," Welch told the outlet.
A Mississippi wedding venue is facing backlash after it refused to serve an interracial couple and an employee claimed the relationship violated her Christian beliefs. She filmed her conversation with the employees. The town of nearly 8, people is mostly white, but about a quarter of its residents identify as black or Latinx, according to government data.
September 3, pm Updated September 3, pm. The owners of a Mississippi wedding venue who refused to host an interracial wedding because of their Christian beliefs said on Tuesday they realized it was wrong after meeting with their pastor. The owners also apologized to the couple personally.
The owner of a wedding venue in Mississippi who cited "Christian belief" in turning away an interracial couple has apologized. They had been communicating with an owner of the venue for about a week when they were suddenly told they could not get married there for a reason having to do with beliefs. Welch, 24, said she suspected the hall's operators had discovered the couple's races through Facebook and went to talk to them in person. The woman at the venue in the video is not identified.