Julion Evans Has Funeral Cancelled After New Hope Missionary Baptist Church Learned He Was Gay
One thing to note about this story: it’s not like a gay couple just picked this church out at random to host their funeral service. The family of the man who died are members of the church and that’s why they wanted to have the service there.
The cancellation came after members of New Hope noticed Evans’ obituary, which named Capers as the “surviving husband,” according to WFLA.
T.W. Jenkins, the pastor of New Hope, told WFLA over the phone that his church does not believe in gay marriage. “I try not to condemn anyone’s lifestyle, but at the same time, I am a man of God and have to stand upon my principles,” he said.
Evans’ family members were devastated by the news, with his mother too upset to speak to reporters on the phone. “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?” said Capers.
Read the full article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/08/gay-funeral-cancelled_n_5662133.html