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Tampa Church Abruptly Cancels Man's Funeral After Finding Out He's Gay and Has a Husband: VIDEO

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A Tampa-area family struggling with the loss of a loved one was forced to relocate funeral services for the deceased after the pastor at the church where the service was scheduled to be held found out the man was gay.

WFLA reports:

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."

Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 10.04.42 AMEvans' 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.

Capers said that because of the abrupt cancellation, some mourners were not notified of the late relocation and missed the funeral. 

"This is 2014, this is not the 60s or the 70s,” Capers said. “So at the end of the day I just want his wrong-doing to be exposed.”

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  1. Blacks by and large stood by and said that our struggle was NOT a civil right. So.....sorry ma'am, but don't go to that church anymore.

    Posted by: Tigernan | Aug 8, 2014 10:13:41 AM

  2. One horrible story about churches after another.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Aug 8, 2014 10:17:08 AM

  3. Well if they don't have to bake a cake then they can get away with this too.

    Reminds me of the Albigensian crusade, where they dug up/disinterred heretics just to burn them.

    "Ah, what these Christians are, whose own hard dealings teaches them suspect the thoughts of others."

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Aug 8, 2014 10:19:11 AM

  4. @ "Blacks by and large stood by and said that our struggle was NOT a civil right. So.....sorry ma'am, but don't go to that church anymore."

    And on what side would you have been on the issue of civil rights for Negroes in the 1960s?

    Why did you feel the need to write that nasty comment, Tigerman?

    I had a White professor from Alabama once tell me to never believe in the myth that closeted homosexuals were in support of Dr King and the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.

    Many of you would have been like Clay Shaw of New Orleans (Google him)

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 8, 2014 10:24:56 AM

  5. The hateful pastor said he doesn't normally condemn people but being a man of god, he must condemn us. This pastor obviously DOES NOT read the bible, else he would not be judging anyone since the almighty said no one is to judge except himself but these hypocrites hate so bad that they are blinded to god's real message. In their world, they should realize they themselves are condemned to hell for their judgment. Gays nor anyone else will not be the downfall of society - RELIGION is being quite successful at that already. There has been maybe one war in all of history that did not have religion at its roots. Religion is what promotes the hate message.

    Posted by: ToThePoint | Aug 8, 2014 10:29:05 AM

  6. Well, in all fairness, I'm sure that's what Jesus would have done under the circumstances. /s

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 8, 2014 10:29:43 AM

  7. we can thank the self-hating "celibate because our sex is a sin" gays for this nonsense, too. after all, it just keeps the bogus BoogeyMan In The Sky Who Hates Our Love ideology alive.


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 8, 2014 10:31:31 AM

  8. I think this highlights the lie of "Love the sinner, hate the sin."

    Posted by: SoCalRob | Aug 8, 2014 10:37:56 AM

  9. I have no use for churches. Realized their hypocrisy years ago.

    Posted by: Drummond | Aug 8, 2014 10:50:51 AM

  10. Won't bake our wedding cakes, won't bury our dead? Christians gonna have some splainin' do when they rech the PearlyGates. Oh wait, there are no Pearly Gates. Heh heh heh.

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Aug 8, 2014 10:57:57 AM

  11. There is that famous Christian "love" again

    Posted by: Steve | Aug 8, 2014 10:59:14 AM

  12. The mother made her faithstyle choice and now she's reaping the result.

    Posted by: Martin | Aug 8, 2014 11:03:06 AM

  13. Evan is deceased...he's no longer gay. He's a corpse. I truly am getting tired of this "holier than thou" attitude from those who are in charge of our spiritual journeys. (yes...I meant that idiotic pun.)

    This reeks of political grandstanding, and is as far as one could possibly get from what their Jesus would do. My heart goes out to Kendall (Evan's husband) and Evan's entire family for this very unnecessary nonsense at their time of grief.

    Posted by: Chuck | Aug 8, 2014 11:03:12 AM

  14. Horribly cruel but typically christian.

    There is no 'god' - people need to wake up to that reality.

    Religion and belief in 'god' is simply a justification for hatred and division.

    Posted by: MaryM | Aug 8, 2014 11:09:24 AM

  15. Does the good pastor always follow his own moral guidelines when it comes to performing funerals? What about adulterers, divorcees, thieves, murderers, self righteous religitards? I doubt it.

    Posted by: Douglas | Aug 8, 2014 11:18:48 AM

  16. Does the good pastor always follow his own moral guidelines when it comes to performing funerals? What about adulterers, divorcees, thieves, murderers, self righteous religitards? I doubt it.

    Posted by: Douglas | Aug 8, 2014 11:18:49 AM

  17. Christians. Ya gotta love 'em. They just keep on hating and hating and hating. Yes, I've come to the irrevocable conclusion that the only good christian is a dead christian. Period.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Aug 8, 2014 11:20:45 AM

  18. Derrick from Philly............in response to your comment to Tigerman.......I myself have heard many black folk say that gay rights can never be compared to the civil rights struggle of African Americans because black is something you are born with and (they say) gay is a choice. Don't look for racism where there is none. Tigerman also had more compassion for the mother and the husband than the pastor showed for the deceased or his grieving family.

    Posted by: Douglas | Aug 8, 2014 11:23:01 AM

  19. “We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.” Jonathan Swift

    Posted by: hairyhank1 | Aug 8, 2014 11:23:38 AM

  20. Outrageous.

    Posted by: Matt | Aug 8, 2014 11:27:23 AM

  21. @ "Don't look for racism where there is none"

    I didn't have to look, Douglass...not on Towleroad.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 8, 2014 11:52:27 AM

  22. That was a lovely quote from Jonathan Swift. How far civilization has (not) come.

    Posted by: Rad | Aug 8, 2014 12:16:44 PM

  23. I used their contact form:


    to ask pastor Jenkins the following:

    "Who would Jesus refuse to bury? What mother would Jesus refuse to comfort in her great time of grief on losing her son?"

    Posted by: Raybob | Aug 8, 2014 12:28:54 PM

  24. hey derrick from Philly.........do you get as upset with your fellow African Americans for belittling the struggles of the LGBT community? Did you even shed a tear for Harvey Milk, Matt Shepard, Marco McMillan, Mark Carson? And if there is so much racism here why do you keep coming back?

    Posted by: Douglas | Aug 8, 2014 12:31:51 PM

  25. Ugh, these so called "Christians" are the worst. Why they harbor so much hate when they profess to be so much about love really baffles me.

    Posted by: bicurious | Aug 8, 2014 12:37:57 PM

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