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Friday, August 8, 2014

And They Will Know We Are Christians by Our...

Posted by Dan Savage on Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 1:59 PM

...appalling acts of cruelty:

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, 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.

The church—Tampa's New Hope Baptist—has a website. Phone and fax numbers and contact form at their contact page. Might be nice if some NALTs got in touch with New Hope. (Via JoeMyGod.)

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