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Church Cancels Funeral Ceremony Minutes Into The Service After Discovering The Deceased Was A Lesbian (PHOTOS)

By Eseme MacDonald | Associate Editor on January 15, 2015
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The burial ceremony of a woman, Vanessa Collier, 33, was cancelled on the day of her burial after a burial memorial video showed the deceased engulfed in a deep kiss with her wife, Christina Higley.

The incident which happened in Colorado, United States irked a lot of guests gathered to witness the event and they staged a protest tagged“Dignity in Death Rally” to the church on Tuesday, January 13, 2015.

According to ABC News, Collier’s family decided that they would not edit the video, and instead moved the funeral to Newcomer Funeral Home, which is located across the street from the church.

The kiss that offended the pastor (Picture: ABC7)
The kiss that offended the pastor. (Photo Credit: ABC7)
Pastor Ray Chavez declined to comment (Picture: Facebook)
Pastor Ray Chavez who cancelled the burial after discovering the deceased was a lesbian. (Photo Credit: Facebook)

One of the friends to the deceased,Jose Silva who led the protest said, “Sitting there, watching your friend being packed up and shuttled out of a church was just horrific,”

“I organized the march because I wasn’t going to let this be the memory of her death. Love is love.”

‘I am a child of a lesbian mother and if my mom was to die, I would want dignity in her death.

‘I am against bigotry and stand with my friend Vanessa Collier’s family in seeking an apology and refund from Pastor Ray Chavez and New Hope Ministries.

“The acts that took place at her funeral were wrong and no family should ever have to go through that.”

Mom's Funeral Halted by Pastor Over Affectionate Photos of Two Wives
The deceased with her wife and two children. (Photo Credit:ABC News)

A pastor of the church, Gary Rolando, who stated the reasons behind their actions was to discourage lesbianism said,  ‘We don’t want overt, open homosexuality in our sanctuary. As a result it was a very difficult day.’

The late lesbian’s corpse was however taken to another funeral home where they conducted a burial service for her.

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The protestors gathered outside New Hope Ministries on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. (Photo Credit:ABC News)


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