by Kolapo Olapoju
Even in death, he is still being persecuted for his sexuality!
The night before his husband’s funeral, Kendall Capers received a shocking message informing of the cancellation of the service.
A Baptist church in Tampa, Florida, has cancelled the funeral of Julion Evans, despite attending the church all his life, with his family.
Late Evans’ husband, Kendall Capers, and his family were notified a night before the funeral of the church’s decision to cancel the funeral due to the fact Evans was gay.
The church, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, apparently didn’t know about his sexuality in his lifetime, only finding out about it after church members read his obituary, which described Capers as the ‘surviving husband’.
The church’s pastor, TW Jenkins, while defending the Church’s decision, said, “I try not to condemn anyone’s lifestyle, but at the same time I am a man of God and have to stand upon my principles.”
Pastor Jenkins said he regrets that his decision was made the night before the funeral, saying that he would normally review obituaries before they are published, but was on vacation when this obituary ran in the newspaper.
The funeral service would later take place at the funeral home where the wake was held.