Church cancels funeral after learning deceased man was gay

August 9, 2014 at 7:54 am (Uncategorized)

New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV

Kendall Capers said he and his husband Julion Evan’s relationship was not a secret, but when a Florida church learned the pair was married, the pastor canceled the funeral. (Photo: WFLA-TV) Kendall Capers said he and his husband Julion Evan’s relationship was not a secret, but when a Florida church learned the pair was married, the pastor canceled the funeral. (Photo: WFLA-TV)

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) –– In the midst of their grief and with just a day’s notice, loved ones were forced to scramble to make new arrangements after a Florida church canceled a funeral after the pastor and congregation learned the deceased man was gay.

Kendall Capers said he and his husband Julion Evan’s relationship was not a secret.

But the night before Evan was supposed to be laid to rest, the pator of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Tampa learned the pair was 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?” Capers…

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