Church Abruptly Cancels Man's Funeral After Learning He Was Gay & Married
In its WWJD decision making process, a church in the Tampa-area decided that Jesus would have canceled a scheduled funeral at the last minute because the deceased was gay. And that's exactly what the Florida pastor did: canceled the funeral the day before it was slated to take place after learning that Julion Evans was gay and married to a man.
Julie Atwood was standing at her son's casket when the phone rang. The church where her son's funeral was scheduled to be held the next day decided to abruptly cancel the service, after the pastor learned the deceased was gay and his obituary listed a surviving "husband."
Atwood said she was told it would be "blasphemous" to hold the services at the church because her son, Julion Evans, 42, was gay.
"It was devastating," she said. "I did feel like he was being denied the dignity of death."
Evans' husband, Kendall Capers [right], says the pair were partners for 17 years and married last year in Maryland. Evans died at home after a 4-year battle with a rare illness called Amyloidosis, which destroys organs in the body.