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. 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’.
Outraged, the dutiful sister decided to pay Boone’s a visit to find out more.
The video Welch recorded and uploaded on Facebook Saturday shows an unidentified older white woman explaining that Boone’s owner reserves the right to refuse service to gay and interracial couples.
‘First of all, we don’t do gay weddings or mixed race, because of our Christian race… I mean our Christian beliefs,’ the woman says on camera.
‘OK, we’re Christians as well,’ Welch replies. ‘So… what in the Bible tells you that -‘
‘Well, I don’t want to argue my faith,’ the woman interjects. ‘We just don’t participate. We just choose not to.’
This isn’t the first time Boone’s has openly discriminated against prospective customers based on their race or sexual orientation.
Katelynn Springsteen said the venue also refused to service her lesbian friend and her bride-to-be in September of 2018.
‘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,’ Springsteen said.
A screenshot provided to Deep Voice South shows Boone’s sending Springsteen a list of prices for its wedding services, but changing its stance after Springsteen asked about servicing a gay wedding.
‘Are you okay with it being a gay marriage ceremony?’ Springsteen said.
‘Thanks for checking with us Katelynn, but due to our Christian faith, we would not be able to accommodate you,’ the respondents replied.
State records indicate Boone’s is managed by David and Donna Russell, who both live in Booneville.
DailyMail.com reached out to the Russells, who did not answer their phone on Sunday night.
Mississippi’s state legislature passed a ‘religious freedom’ law in 2016 that grants businesses the right to refuse service to LGBT individuals based on their religious beliefs about gender and marriage.
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up the case after it was initially struck down in a federal court before being upheld by the conservative U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The discriminatory treatment angered Welch.
‘I just really don’t think God is pleased by the work these people in America are doing… You CAN NOT love Jesus and treat HIS children like this,’ Welch wrote in an August 7 Facebook post.
Welch’s video has received more than 1,400 comments in 18 hours on Facebook.
Boone’s Facebook page is now unavailable for public view.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Chauncey Alcorn