Colorado Church Halts Funeral Because Woman Was Gay, Friends and Family Say

TIME

A church in Colorado reportedly canceled a woman’s funeral on Saturday after learning that she was gay.

Friends of the woman, Vanessa Collier, who died in December at the age of 33, claim that a church in Lakewood refused to hold a memorial service for her because she is a lesbian, the Denver Post reports.

Collier’s friends claim the funeral at New Hope Ministries was canceled 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, according to 9 News.

“Her casket was open, flowers laid out and hundreds of people sitting in the pews,” according to a Facebook post about a “Death in Dignity” rally that was held Tuesday for Collier.

“Give us an apology!” protesters chanted, according to the Denver Post.

According to the newspaper, Collier’s death was “unexpected.”…

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