Church, Mourners At Odds Over Kissing Photo At Gay Woman’s Funeral

CBS Denver

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – A church’s objections over a photo that showed a gay couple kissing brought a funeral to a halt on Saturday in Lakewood.

The ceremony was supposed to feature a photo-video montage of the deceased, Vanessa Collier, kissing her common-law wife. But when New Hope Ministries found out about the presentation, it asked that it be edited.

Vanessa Collier (credit: CBS) Vanessa Collier (credit: CBS)

Mourners refused and moved services across the street to a funeral home. The church said it did not force them to leave.

“They wanted us to edit the video because of her sexual orientation. It shouldn’t matter,” Collier’s cousin Jessica Maestas said.

Collier, 33, did not attend New Hope Ministries, but the funeral home in charge of her services contracted with the church to hold the ceremony there.

On Tuesday, protesters gathered at the church.

“What do we want? Respect! When do we want it? Now!”…

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