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Arkansas churches refuse funeral for gay man, give hateful Bible verses to husband

Family is handed 10 pages of anti-gay scripture and a sympathy card

Arkansas churches refuse funeral for gay man, give hateful Bible verses to husband

Several churches in a small town in Arkansas refused to hold a funeral for a gay man, then gave hateful Bible verse to his grieving husband.

Even the local firehouse, which was built by the man’s father, would not open its doors for a fellowship after the funeral, as is the custom in Clarkridge.

James Stone, 32, died of a genetic autoimmune disease on January 19, according to a short post on the Dallas Voice website.

In the comments section, his husband, Jay Hoskins, said one of the churches, Clarkridge Church of Christ, not only had issues holding the funeral but also canceled a family get-together after the service.

Hoskins said two members of the church gave Stone’s grieving mother, himself and the presiding minister envelopes filled with more than 10 pages of Bible passages ‘condemning us to hell, referencing God’s marriage laws, marriage amongst people and animals, and then a sympathy card.’

‘I have never experienced such hate and bigotry in my life,’ he said.

The Dallas Voice reported that Stone died of Sjogren’s syndrome but Hoskins said he took his own life.

‘He died a tragic death of suicide where his poor mother and myself found him hanging from a ceiling fan. I tried unsuccessfully to revive him, but it was too late,’ he said.

Stone and Hoskins married six months ago in New Mexico on their 10-year anniversary.

A graveside funeral was held for Stone on Saturday (31 January).

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