East Tennessee Church Refuses Funeral if Gay Son Attends Service

An east Tennessee church has refused to hold a funeral service for a man if his gay son and the son’s partner attend the service, Newsweek reports. Lee's Chapel Baptist Church in Sweetwater has come under fire for refusing the dying man’s wish of having his son sing a hymn at a ceremony in the first church the passing parent attended. Lee’s Chapel Pastor Jay Scruggs has declined to comment until the father is buried. While the church identifies itself as Baptist, officials with the Southern Baptist Convention said they could not find any evidence showing the church was affiliated with the organization.

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