A dying father in Tennessee has just one final wish: for his funeral to be held at the first church he attended.
But according to the man’s son, Jesse Goodman, that wish cannot come true. Why? Because Goodman is engaged to Brandon Smitty, and the church has a problem with homosexuality.
WTVC NewsChannel 9 reported that Lee's Chapel Baptist Church in Sweetwater allegedly will not hold services for the 71-year-old man if his gay son is part of the funeral. Goodman’s father wants Jessie to sing “The Anchor Holds.”
"Of course the church doesn't agree with my lifestyle," Goodman said. "And he [Daryl Morrow] asked me if I would be OK coming and sitting there alone, knowing my partner could not come, and that if he did come, he would be asked to leave," said Goodman.
Pastor Jay Scruggs would not comment on the matter until after Goodman’s father passes away, but church member Daryl Morrow told WTVC NewsChannel 9 that Goodman’s fiance would not be permitted to attend the funeral. Still, Morrow thought the family should be allowed to hold services there.
Goodman said his father has only days to live.
"He did know that his funeral wouldn't happen there, and he had a very hurt look on his face when we told him that," said Goodman.
"They're punishing my dad for a lifestyle choice I've made. Its not me up there in a casket. It's him."