Equality Florida tells the story of a Tampa man denied a church funeral after parishioners found out he was married to another man:
From Equality Florida Executive Director Nadine Smith:
T.W. Jenkins, pastor of Tampa’s New Hope Missionary Baptist Church is under fire after he canceled funeral services for Julion Evans-Capers, because parishioners read in his obituary that he was married to a man. The pastor called less than 24-hours before the funeral was to begin as the family attended the wake, literally standing next to Julion's coffin.
Julion’s husband, Kendall Capers got in touch with the funeral home’s managers and requested space for a funeral the next day. But the ugliness of this church's actions have compounded the grief for Kendall who is still reeling from the shock.
"I haven't had a chance to grieve since I got the phone call." Kendall said.