Church Refuses To Let Family Have Funeral Because Deceased Was Gay

Burying a loved one is one of the most difficult things a person can do. One church found a way to make it even harder this past Saturday, when a minister stopped a funeral service, because there were photos of the deceased, Vanessa Collier, and her wife, with whom she shared two children, on display.

Collier’s family made arrangements to hold a memorial service at New Hope Ministries in Lakewood, Colorado and even paid money to reserve the church, but when the minister saw one of the "offending" photos he changed his mind on the spot, and demanded it be removed. The family refused to erase the love of the deceased's life from the displays, so the minister decided to cancel the memorial service and forced the family to move the entire operation at the last minute. 

Protestors standing outside New Hope Ministries in Lakewood, Colorado call for peace and love in this difficult time.

Naturally, such a cold and heartless decision prompted a wave of protests outside the ministry from members of the community and supporters of the family. A church spokesperson told the family that “certain events were not going to be allowed to take place” in their church. Come on, it’s not like they were planning an all-girl mud wrestling tournament during the service. 

Apparently, it gets even worse. The family claimed on their Facebook page that the church has yet to return the money they paid them to hold the service. So much for “love thy neighbor.”