The nondenominational High Point Church of Arlington, Texas, was scheduled to hold a funeral service for Navy veteran Cecil Sinclair. Though Sinclair was not a member, his brother was a janitor at the church. On the day before the August 9 funeral, the church withdrew its offer because they learned something terrible about the deceased: He was gay.
Church spokesman Barry Timons said, “When we heard he was gay, we thought that meant, you know, well, happy. Then his obituary listed his partner as one of his survivors. At first we thought it was a business partner.
“It turned out the man was a homosexual, and homosexuality is a sin. We cannot be in the position of allowing funerals for sinners in our church.
“Even though we could not condone the lifestyle,” Timons went on, “we went above and beyond for the family through many acts of love and kindness. We hate the sin, but we love the sinner. We just don’t want to have a funeral for him in our church.”