Church cancels funeral because dead man was gay

TAMPA, Fla. – A family in Florida says they are heartbroken after losing a loved one, and a funeral that was supposed to serve as closure just added salt to the wound.

“Our relationship wasn’t really a secret, everyone knew,” said Kendall Capers.

The night before his husband’s funeral, Kendall Capers was told the service was canceled.

The pastor of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church learned the pair were gay and the congregation was livid.

“Regardless of our background, our sexual orientation, how can you wait that long and put someone in a bind when they’re going through a loss?” he said.

Last month, 42-year-old Julion Evans died of amyloidosis.

Evans’ family attends New Hope and wanted the funeral held there.

“I felt it probably would have been best for him to be at the church, his family grew up in the church. It just made sense,” said Capers.


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