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Church cancels funeral: Gay man's funeral canceled by Tampa-area church

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A church cancels the funeral of a gay man because giving the man a funeral, they say, would be "blasphemous." According to, a Baptist church located in Tampa, Florida, canceled the funeral the day before the service was scheduled. Apparently the pastor of the church found out that the man was gay -- and married -- and made the decision to cancel the funeral based on that information.

Julion Evans' obituary revealed that he was married to a man, and once pastor, T.W. Jenkins read it, he took action. He explained that having a gay man receive a farewell in the church would be going against the beliefs of said church.

"Based on our preaching of the scripture, we would have been in error to allow the service in our church. I'm not trying to condemn anyone's lifestyle, but at the same time, I am a man of God, and I have to stand up for my principles."

When a church cancels the funeral of a gay man, you can expect plenty of controversy -- and that is just what has erupted today. Despite the fact that Evans' husband, Kendall Capers, was with him for 17 years, the church wanted nothing to do with the funeral services.

While Pastor Jenkins has a constitutional right to deny religious service to anyone that he wants for any reason that he sees fit, people are completely outraged. Julion Evans was said to be a good man, who died after a long battle with amyloidosis.

Evans' mother spoke out about the church's decision to cancel her son's funeral -- at the last minute no less.

"I did feel like he was being denied the dignity of death," said Julie Atwood. She was able to find another location for her son's service, but said that many people ended up missing it altogether because of the last minute location switch.

What do you think of the church canceling the gay man's funeral? Sound off in the comments below.

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