Church Cancels Woman’s Funeral Because She’s A Lesbian
A Colorado church is currently coming under fire for cancelling a woman’s funeral 15 minutes after it started because the clergy discovered that she was a lesbian.
A “Dignity in Death” rally was held Tuesday afternoon for a lesbian woman who was denied a funeral at New Hope Ministries in Lakewood, Colo., last week.
Vanessa Collier’s friends say the funeral was canceled by the church 15 minutes after the service was supposed to start because the church would not allow a picture to be shown of Collier proposing to her wife.
The open casket and flowers were in place and about 170 people were in attendance.
According to Chaplain Gary Rolando, who would later preside over the funeral across the street at Newcomer Funeral Home, the New Hope Ministry is very community oriented.
He says pastors there welcome those who are gay but ask that alternative lifestyles be censored in the church.
New Hope Ministries is not commenting on the decision.
He says moments prior to the funeral service, a video that was supposed to be played during the funeral was reviewed by church officials.
The church asked the video to be edited in order to proceed. Rolando says the family refused to take the picture of Collier’s proposal out of the video, and the funeral had to be moved to the mortuary across the street.
Rolando says it’s a shame that Collier’s friends are using her death to push an agenda. But her friends are angry. Many showed up to protest the church’s decision on Tuesday afternoon.
Collier, 33, died when her gun went off while cleaning it.
She is survived by her wife and two children.
SMH @ this church being hateful enough to cancel a funeral especially one that was already underway.
What do YOU make of all this????