RENTON Russell Wilson had a short answer Wednesday when asked if an online report was true that he moved his wedding last month to R&B singer Ciara out of North Carolina because of that state’s transgender-bathroom law.
“I just believes Jesus loves all people, you know. That’s honestly what I believe,” the Seahawks quarterback said following the last practice before Thursday’s third preseason game against Dallas at CenturyLink Field.
“I just always, constantly pray for world peace, and pray for peace in the world and I pray for joy. But my focus, honestly, right now is on the Cowboys and scoring in the red zone.”
(He was referring to he and Seattle’s first-team offense not scoring a point in six possessions this preseason.)
Wedding planner Mindy Weiss orchestrated Wilson’s and Ciara’s wedding at an 18th-century castle in the English countryside outside of Liverpool:
The celebrity-wedding outlet “The Knot” quoted Weiss as saying she planned the wedding three different times. “They were first getting married in North Carolina, but they called it off due to the transgender bathroom laws,” Weiss is quoted as saying.
“They were gonna go to Paris and it ended up being Fashion Week, and it was really difficult,” Weiss said in “The Knot.”
Wilson didn’t elborate on any of that Wednesday.
Wilson, 27, played football for and graduated from North Carolina State University in Raleigh in three years, ending in 2010. He grew up in Richmond, Virginia.
Ciara Princess Harris, 30, was born in Austin, Texas, and attended high school in Georgia.
North Carolina’s governor signed a controversial bill in March, that state’s Public Facilities & Security Act, that blocks cities there from allowing transgender individuals to use public bathrooms for the sex with which they identify. North Carolina’s House Bill 2 also restricts its cities from passing wider nondiscrimination laws.
The National Basketball Association recently moved its All-Star game for next season from Charlotte, North Carolina, to New Orleans because of the new law. Other major corporations and state governments, including Washington’s, have restricted employees from traveling to North Carolina and spending money on official business there in the wake of the law’s signing.