Tennessee pastor refuses funeral for dying man because his son is gay

Tennessee pastor refuses funeral for dying man because his son is gay
Jessie Goodman, a hairstylist in Tennessee, sits with his fiance Brandon Smitty. WTVC image via Screengrab

A Sweetwater, Tennessee pastor is refusing to grant a 71-year old man's dying wish: to be buried in the first church he ever attended.


Jessie Goodman (photo, right) says his father is dying and only has a days left to live. He told ABC affiliate News 9 that Pastor Jay Scruggs of Lee's Chapel Baptist Church will not bury his father if Jessie or his fiancé "take part in any way," including just attending the ceremony.

A Sweetwater, Tennessee pastor is refusing to grant a 71-year old man's dying wish: to be buried in the first church he ever attended.

Jessie Goodman (photo, right) says his father is dying and only has a days left to live. He told ABC affiliate News 9 that Pastor Jay Scruggs of Lee's Chapel Baptist Church will not bury his father if Jessie or his fiancé "take part in any way," including just attending the ceremony.

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