Tampa Church Cancels Gay Man’s Funeral Service

Written by scott on August 8th, 2014

FloridaA church in Tampa, Florida cancelled the Funeral service of a man once they learned he was gay.

Watermark reports:

A Tampa mother received a phone call a day before her son’s funeral saying the service was cancelled after the pastor found out the deceased was gay. Julie Atwood, Julion Evans’ mother,was told she could not have the funeral services at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church because it be “blasphemous.” Pastor T.W. Jenkins for New Hope said he did not know Evans,42, was gay until he saw his obituary which listed a surviving “husband.” After members of the congregation saw and called to complain, Jenkins said he did not think it was acceptable to hold the funeral services at New Hope. Kendall Capers, Evans’ husband and partner of 17 years, said their relationship was not a secret. The two were even married a year ago in Maryland.

Can you even imagine having to deal with homophobia like this when your son has just passed away?

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4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Steve Rider says:

    So apparently having a funeral for a gay person is immoral, but only if members of the congregation complain.

    This is definitely a story about religion.

  2. Angelika says:

    Honestly i lmao when all of us go enter heavens gate one day and the Lord wont let us in! Wouldnt that be a shame of false cheistianity

  3. EXOR L COTE' says:

    This is not very Christian is it?! God does not care what you are as long as you do good. Do you think this Baptist Preacher did good!? NO!

  4. Elizabeth Melas says:

    I am very sorry for your loss. That pastor is a terrible person.

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