MISSISSIPPI: Funeral Home Sued For Refusing To Perform Cremation Of 82 Year-Old Married Gay Man

NBC News reports:

One Mississippi family’s pain and grief after losing a loved one was compounded when the local funeral home suddenly refused to perform their relative’s cremation because he was gay. Robert Huskey passed away in May 2016 after his heart condition worsened over the previous year. Knowing that his death was imminent, Huskey’s nephew had made arrangements with the local funeral home the month before his passing.

But according to a lawsuit announced Tuesday by Lambda Legal, the Picayune Funeral Home suddenly refused to pick up and cremate Huskey’s body as planned on the day of his death. All because that day, the lawsuit alleges, the funeral home discovered Huskey was gay and married to Jack Zawadski [photo], his partner of 52 years.

“I felt as if all the air had been knocked out of me,” Zawadski said in a statement released Tuesday. “Bob was my life, and we had always felt so welcome in this community. And then, at a moment of such personal pain and loss, to have someone do what they did to me, to us, to Bob, I just couldn’t believe it. No one should be put through what we were put through.”

Mississippi offers no discrimination protections to LGBT citizens in any category. In fact, a recently approved law to legalize anti-LGBT discrimination by businesses is currently tied up in the courts.

  • PickyPecker
    • FAEN

      The GOP mantra. One of them anyway.

    • BlindBill

      wouldn’t it be ….. TO ANYONE “NOT LIKE THE WAY WE THINK YOU SHOULD BE”

  • teedofftaxpayer

    Another bigot spewing their religious hatred.

  • Brian Keogh

    Shameful

  • PickyPecker

    They could save everyone a lot of time by just posting an honest sign.
    http://wp.production.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/files/im/dnq3WCR.jpg?1

    • sequel

      firstly, that guy clearly spends way too much time thinking of names for sex acts to claim innocence. secondly, presuming his parents were straight, his dad was a “labium licker” and his mom was a “penis pervert”. only the asexuals escape the judgement of that board

      • clay

        He’s probably get offended by the “medical” terms.

      • Treant

        Or, as David put it when he was alone with his friends and didn’t need to speak all Biblically and shit, “Fucked him. Fucked him good.”

        • Mike_in_the_Tundra

          If he fucked him good, Jonathan should be feeling pretty good.

          • Treant

            Jonathan took his ass to Red Lobster.

          • Bubba in TX

            Sorry. Not kosher.

          • Treant

            Get the salad.

        • Treant

          “Why can’t I transubstantiate you?”

          • madknits

            And you win the internets today.

        • another_steve

          The blood is a turnoff.

    • Ninja0980

      I had no idea the crazy preacher from my area loaned out his signs.

    • another_steve

      I made a list of all 14 of those sin types and intend to try them all during Calendar Year 2017.

      (Particularly looking forward to “Rimming Radical.”)

      • WitlessProtection

        HERE TAKE MY MONEY!
        $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

      • madknits

        Even Labia Licker and Clitoris Cleaner?

        (I was married years ago, so been there, done that)

        • another_steve

          Look, we only live once.

          I feel that if I complete all 14 of the sins, I’ll get a merit badge or something.

          • madknits

            Well, the Fecal Feasters doesn’t make my list, but I’ve been known to gnash a nipple or two,

          • another_steve

            Well we don’t have to go into the sordid details here, hon… but unless you’re a porn star on the set of a company that’s fastidious as far as personal hygiene of the performers goes, “Rimming Radical” and “Fecal Feaster” sort of go together….

    • Why enumerate STDs then write “STDs” at the end? Do they not understand the concept of lists and groups?

      • Bad Tom

        No. No, they do not.

      • Nowhereman

        It’s a wonder they can conceive at all.

    • Bad Tom

      You can’t catch any STD by gnashing nipples. Or cross dressing, for that matter. Urine is usually quite low in bug count, unless one is very ill. Dildos are excellent for facilitating safe sex. Just wash them thoroughly afterwards.

      If you do contract a STD, praying is USELESS. Hie thee to a doctor!

      Leave the gerbils out of this. Animal abuse is one of YOUR sins. cf Son of Huckabee.

    • Nowhereman

      Yeah, cause straight people NEVER engage in any of those activities…

  • FAEN

    The party of ‘family values’ strikes again.

    Appalling!

  • Where is General Sherman when we need him?

    • popebuck1

      Yeah, seems to me he did a great job getting all KINDS of stuff cremated.

    • David Walker

      Come to think of it, where is OUR Sherman? I don’t recall seeing his avatar or writings for some time.

  • james1200

    You don’t want to stereotype but this is everything I expect to happen in Mississippi.

    http://uproxx.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/screen-shot-2013-06-24-at-12-08-27-pm.png?w=650

    • Hank

      Phil Ochs…Here’s to the State of Misssippi
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7fgB0m_y2I

      • Zeldacat

        I can’t believe I haven’t heard this before. Wow, he didn’t mince words!

        • Hank

          Search for Phil Ochs on Youtube and you will find all of his songs to listen to. “Love Me, I’m a Liberal” is good as well.

  • clay

    Because their faith doesn’t allow nephews to arrange funerary services for uncles?
    Because their faith doesn’t allow cremation?
    Because their faith sees cremation as a blessing only for the sexually faithful?
    Because their faith is so small that it can’t handle complexity?

    • kaydenpat

      Because they use their faith as an excuse to treat other human beings like scum. They need to be shut the hell down.

  • Blake J Butler

    First it’s weddings, now it’s funerals.

    can we become a religion and deny these assholes, except for good reason unlike them ?

    • clay

      It’s not even a funeral! It’s simply a cremation!
      We already went through this with AIDS and the mortician is a loser asshole in violation of his professional code of ethics!

      “As a Certified Preplanning Consultant (CPC), I pledge to abide by the following commitments that identify the ethical standards of my profession:

      Service to Families
      I will treat the information shared with me during the preplanning interview with confidentiality and integrity.
      I will offer my services to all without regard to religion, race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or disability.
      I will at all times maintain the standards and obligations of the funeral home that I represent.
      I will provide my client with detailed price lists of services and merchandise before he or she selects services or merchandise, and at the conclusion of the funeral arrangement conference will provide a written statement listing all of the services and merchandise that have been purchased.
      I will properly account for and remit any monies, documents or personal property belonging to others that come into my possession.
      I will answer any questions the client may have pertaining to the preneed agreement, including any guarantees and representations, and will attempt to resolve any problems efficiently and fairly and with due consideration given to the views and concerns of the client.

      Obligations to the Public
      I will make no representation, written or oral, that may be false or misleading or that is likely to defraud or deceive the public.
      I will abide by the provisions of the NFDA CPC Statement of Use regarding the appropriate and responsible use of the CPC designation.
      I will continue my professional education in this field.

      I further pledge to conduct myself at all times in a manner that deserves the public trust.

      Obligations to the Government
      I will continue to hold all necessary licenses to engage in providing preneed services and products in the state or states in which I practice.
      I will maintain my accountability to the client by complying with all applicable state and federal regulations and standards governing funeral preplanning, trust and insurance funding for funerals, and consumer protection. [I bet he kept the money.]

      • Blake J Butler

        I remember researching on that. He should not be allowed to use his beliefs as an excuse to not carry out with the cremation. I assume those code of ethics are a major conflict here with his religious beliefs, and the ethics trump his beliefs.

      • Bad Tom

        Keeping the money but refusing the service would be FRAUD, plain and simple.

  • Ninja0980

    What marriage is going to be made stronger because of this?
    What couple will decide to have children because of this?
    The answer to those questions and others is none.
    And yet the bigots keep pushing that as reasons to treat us like dirt.
    It’s all a bunch of crap to justify their hate and cruelty towards us.

  • Judas Peckerwood

    I’m still not supposed to wish painful diseases on the scumbags who did this, right?

    • Jonathan Smith

      nope. makes you a bad chriSTAIN.
      Personaly, i am wishing..

    • clay

      You’re just not supposed to post them on Joe’s blog.

    • madknits

      Wish them instead a short life and a long death.

    • Beagle

      I’ll just wish them the lives that they deserve.

  • PickyPecker
    • Treant

      Technically, they shouldn’t have a problem with widows or widowers re-marrying. The marriage vows are only “until death do us part,” so if one is dead, they’ve parted.

      Which means that they can cater a wedding where the bride murdered her old husband, but not one where she divorced him.

      • JustDucky

        But only if she is marrying his brother.

        • Treant

          Or she was a war captive. Duh.

          πŸ™‚

          • JustDucky

            Oh! Or if he raped her.

        • Adam King

          Gertrude?

      • Miji

        I’m pretty traditional. If you didn’t climb on the funeral pyre of your first spouse, you’re not a true believer and have no right to additional marriages.

    • Nowhereman

      And show us your garment labels! Any mixed fabrics and you are banned for life!

  • Tawreos

    I am kind of surprised that christians didn’t jump at the opportunity to legally burn a gay man.

    • clay

      only the living ones.
      or
      yet.

    • Jonathan Smith

      was I not supposed to laugh at that?
      morally confused……..

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    • Sean Taylor

      He was already dead, where’s the fun in that for them

    • Todd20036

      Perhaps, but they saw an opportunity to attack a gay man’s family.
      And in Bumfuckia, that’s a sport.

      • liondon#iamnotatraitor

        …Then hide behind the buy-bull and act like a victim when someone questions your motives. They’re all a bunch of chicken shit assholes.

        • The_Wretched

          I use this line, “You are a moral actor and personally responsible for your moral behaviour. You cannot pass off that responsibility by pointing to your bible.”

  • another_steve

    O Dante Alighieri… We need a new circle in hell for merchants such as this.

    • madknits

      Put them in the Circle with the running river of shit, where they have to stand in it up to their shoulders. And every time they open their mouths, more shit pours out and the river gets deeper.

      • another_steve

        Graphic but interesting.

        Wherever Jared Kushner ends up — in whatever circle of hell — I don’t want to have to wade through shit to see him and give him…umm…consolation.

        Boy will require consolation.

        • madknits

          Eighth Circle, Fraud, Ninth Circle, Treachery.
          Jared will be in one of those.

          • another_steve

            I’ll visit, condom in hand.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    F*cking A!! Now they want to discriminate against us after we die.

  • jayjonson

    Just another example of Christian love.

  • Treant

    My husband knows how I feel about my body after I’m dead–I don’t care. So in this case, I’ll have to tell him to be sure to dump me on their front doorstep, hopefully in July.

    Dead bodies leak fast.

    • Mike_in_the_Tundra

      When we lived in Minnesota, I told my husband to cremate my body and use the ashes to spread on the sidewalk ice.

      • Kelly Lape

        You’ve got True Grit

        • MaryJOGrady

          He’ll *be* True Grit.

      • Adam King

        I always liked the custom–I forget where it came from–of leaving corpses in the trees for the vultures to enjoy. I wish it was legal.

        • Skeptical_Inquirer

          I think Tibet has air burial though not sure about the tree part.

    • Robincho

      So do some living ones, but they’re known as premature ejaculators…

  • Reasonoverhate

    There is no meaner, vile creature on the face of this planet than our fellow man. My heart aches for Jack and what he had to go through in a time of loss and pain.

  • GayOldLady

    This takes discrimination to a whole new level. The thought that human beings are capable of such wickedness during a time of another persons grief and mourning is difficult to comprehend. Goddamn it, this is one of the most harsh examples of evil I’ve ever seen.

    • ChrisMorley

      It was a common occurence for people affected by HIV/AIDS.

      • MaryJOGrady

        I remember. At the AIDS Resource Center during the height of the epidemic in Dallas, there was a special phone list of the few mortuaries who would handle the bodies.

        • ChrisMorley

          I worked on creating such a list for my city in in England.

          • MaryJOGrady

            I am so sorry that such lists were ever necessary.
            What defiance of human decency– I have the distinct feeling that many undertakers who refused to do their job held themselves out to be Christian, for the sake of their business if nothing else.
            In the Catholic tradition, burying the dead was on the list of corporal acts of mercy.

      • The_Wretched

        Were folks rational, every body would be treated like it had every virus or infection. In my bio-science lab days, we had radiation, dangerous chemicals and blood hazards (for DNA extraction mostly). Guess which of the three we were most careful about?

      • clay

        Yes, which is why the professional organizations now have it written into their codes of ethics that denial of services is no longer allowed.

  • Butch

    This is the “religious freedom” that is the subject of the previous post about the FRC conference.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    Harvey Fierstein’s reaction when I told him I lived in Alabama…”FOR GODSAKE stay out of Mississippi.”

    • Tulle Christensen

      When I went to visit a friend in Auburn, I said It must suck to live in Alabama, and he said, “Well, at least it is not Mississippi”

      • MaryJOGrady

        Mississippi State Motto: “We Make Texas Look Intelligent and Humane.”

    • Princess Lardass

      Thanks for the laugh! I needed it!

  • Paula

    Tell them you had the cremation done somewhere else. But, you did spread some of his ashes inside their building and on the grounds of the business. That should piss them off.

    • The_Wretched

      Ritual pollution magic. It’s fitting for these clowns.

      • Paula

        Yes, it really is.

  • Michael R
    • Kelly Lape

      Thank you for posting this.

    • John

      I have been a life long fan of Nina Simone. I discovered her while in college in backwater, small town, oklahoma in the 1960’s. Her album (LP & CD) “Pastel Blues” is solid gold! Her version of “Strange Fruit” will make your skin crawl. It did then and does even today. Then for a real tour-de-force performance “Sinner Man” WOW! Then there’s “I Put A Spell On You”. She’s was, and still is, in my estimation, a stellar talent.

      Read about this amazing woman:
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nina_Simone

  • Andymac3

    Mississipi Goddam, written about racism by Nina Simone in 1964, but still true of Mississippi in 2017 for black and gay and any other minority.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJ25-U3jNWM

    • Todd20036

      Or even for white people who actually give a damn.

      • Andymac3

        A minority in themselves in many areas.

    • olandp

      Great song Miss Simone, but that editing really sucks.

    • So is “Strange Fruit.” πŸ™

  • Kelly Lape

    It’s one thing that they’re fucking assholes, but assholes in the name of “Jesus” is such sacrilege that there must be a special place in imaginary hell for these “people” – using any “human” description no longer applies to these assholes.

  • j.martindale

    Be comforted by the fact that this community we are a part of at this web site is morally superior in every way to the Mississippi dirtballs in the Picayune Funeral Home.

    • Chuck in NYC

      Definition of “picayune,” adjective: petty; worthless.

      They sure got that right.

  • Gigi

    Here’s a link to their Facebook page. Be sure to stop by and say hello.

    https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=158869794144935&tsid=0.5637521557433157&source=result

    • ChrisMorley

      Also please feel free to leave Comments & Suggestions at their website http://www.picayunefuneral.com/Submisson_Form_3110.html
      or by phone, mail, fax or email
      815 South Haugh Ave. | PICAYUNE, MS 39466 | Phone: (601) 798-5238 |
      Fax: (601) 799-4729 | Email: [email protected]

      • Silver Badger

        Thank you. I will let them exactly how I feel about this issue.

    • Silver Badger

      That is almost worth joining facebook for.

  • TampaZeke

    One of countless reasons why I could never move back to my home state!

  • grada3784

    Good Christians there.

    /s

  • grada3784

    One would think that they would get off seeing one of us burn.

    • Dot Beech

      Exactly. Burning the body of a dead fag would seem to be right up the alley of these hateful people. Break out the champagne.

    • Gianni

      Cremation is a burial ritual with a respectful atmosphere. Now, burning a live gay man, THAT has entertainment value! I should add that I’m being totally sarcastic about the thinking of such religious kooks.

  • ByronK

    They’re getting some very fitting Google reviews.
    (1 star) “Denying funeral services to Robert Huskey is a disgrace. What kind of monsters are you? He lived in your community for years and you turn your back on him and his family during such a difficult time. You should be ashamed. You are a disgrace to your town, your profession and to loving and caring people everywhere. I’m sure others will join me in taking you to task for this reprehensible act and rightfully so.”

  • MaryJOGrady

    How sad.
    What were these hateful Jeebusites worried about? I have it on good authority that the high temperature of cremation kills any LGBTQ cooties.

  • Dot Beech

    “…and we had always felt so welcome in this community…”

    I’m very sorry for the husband’s loss, but he and his male partner felt welcome in Mississippi 50 years ago? 40 years ago? 30 years ago? Really?

    Sometimes denial is an excellent coping tool. But other times, it sets a person up for a lot of pain and heartbreak.

    If they didn’t tell the funeral home all the facts when they contracted for the service, it suggests they really did know there was a potential problem. And it is the same problem any gay couple in Mississippi – or many other states – could reasonably anticipate.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Based on what? Bakers and florists contend that they are forced to “participate” in a rite that they consider sinful. That’s nonsense, but that’s their argument. But how can cremation be construed as participating or condoning anything at all?

    • Princess Lardass

      By cremating the deceased, they are respecting his and his loved ones’ wish. This was never about Religious Freedom. It was about showing respect to those different and deemed inferior.

      “Gays are inferior. They don’t deserve respect. They don’t deserve marriage. They don’t deserve protections. They don’t deserve the legality to express their love for their partners. Hell, they don’t even deserve to live.”

    • The_Wretched

      Magic auras. aka “cooties” The psychological (and magical thinking) term is “contagion”. It taps into our disgust mental system. A ‘dirty’ object makes everything else near it or that touches it ‘dirty’ and something to treat with disgust. the best counter is to emphasize the personhood and humanity of the objectified person and to relate the victim’s circumstances to the deciders life.

    • BobSF_94117

      Presumably they object to dealing with his surviving spouse as his surviving spouse. Though, if the nephew did all the arrangements, that seems less likely.

    • thatotherjean

      Do gay cooties survive crematorium fires? Damn, those would be some powerful cooties! If the situation is as it is reported, I hope the owners lose their shirts in the lawsuit.

  • The funeral home is already receiving a lot of negative attention and this is not good for other customers as well as Robert Huskey’s family. I wouldn’t want to call on their services if the business is now a legal and media gong show. They only have themselves to blame.

  • fuow

    Thank goodness both parties are the same and there’s no reason to get out and vote.

  • Nic Peterson

    Dear christians,

    When we die, all of our powers return to the very center of the universe, where they are recycled into the gaybies of a new generation.

    • kanehau

      There is no center to the universe (or rather, all points in the universe is the center from that points perspective).

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    On their website, the Picayune Funeral Home invites the public to “feel free to submit a question or comment”.

    http://www.picayunefuneral.com/

  • ByronK

    Assuming they’re Christian given the location…For a religion that claims its about love and compassion, is sure is full of a lot of judgemental, hate-filled, nasty fuckwads.

  • SFBruce

    From their website:

    “When a death in the family occurs, often the person who is closest to the deceased shoulders the heaviest of burdens. At Picayune Funeral Home, we have witnessed these difficulties countless times. Our compassionate professional staff can help you with decision making now and ease the future financial strain on your family. Call us and let us set up a pre-arranged funeral within your current budget. We have pre-arranged payment plans or life insurance available.”

    Except if you’re gay.

  • Ernest Endevor

    The Picayune Funeral Home living up to its name.

  • David Walker

    I learned many things after Jack’s death. Two of the biggest was having The Talk about Do Not Resuscitate and The Talk about cremation/burial. Even though we weren’t married, the doctor honored what I said that Jack did NOT want heroic measures. Jack also said he wanted to be cremated. I cannot begin to tell you how much easier it was to know Jack’s wishes.

    A gay corpse is the same as a straight corpse; gay money is as acceptable as straight money. I live in the perpetually schizoid swath of central PA. I was surprised and relieved that the ER doctor accepted what I said were Jack’s wishes. I frankly wasn’t sure what the small town funeral home would be like. Let’s say I was apprehensive. I was treated like a person who had lost his partner of many decades…respect, understanding, compassion, and offered good suggestions.

    Our lives and our deaths are political statements. We can’t help it. My heart goes out to the Jack in this story. I know what it’s like to lose the love of your life. Why does anyone think it’s all right to pull this shit on us? “Have you no decency?”

    • Chuck in NYC

      Warm thoughts, David.

      • David Walker

        Thank you.

  • andrew

    Mississippi has a long and wicked history of discrimination against Blacks, Jews, Foreigners, Catholics and of course Gays. Mississippi’s State Motto should read: Equality for Straight WASPs.

  • jefe5084

    How fricken cold. Unbelievable.

  • TheManicMechanic

    Rig the next body to be cremated with explosives, stand back and watch the fireworks.

    • MaryJOGrady

      Or, just don’t say a word about the cardiac pacemaker. Those tend to explode when a body is cremated.

  • Mike

    I think we’re supposed to think this is a Mississippi thing, but I don’t expect to hear outrage over this from pious christians anywhere. Others might not go so far, but they kind of get it, and even though it’s harsh, they’re ok with it, because jebus. It’s all that christian love and crap that comes with having jebus as a close personal friend and savior.

  • Tiger Quinn

    Never stop pointing out to people that if the Fundies get their way, the funeral home would be able to keep the money, eject their business, and nobody could do anything about it.

  • Jmdintpa

    well not sure what to make of this but i just called the funeral home. they stated there is more to this and that its not true what the guy is saying. she did mention that they have had several funerals for gay couples and even have a gay couple , married, buried in there cemetary. she stated there lawyer is drafting a press release for later today. hmmmm

  • Adam King

    Followers of a bloodthirsty death cult did something evil. Imagine my surprise.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Thinking about it more, if it were someone I loved, I would be relieved to know this is how a funeral home thinks and take my business elsewhere before they got custody of the body. Who knows what kind of abuse they might do to the body.

    • clay

      But this was a pre-planned cremation– they ALREADY did business.

  • Silver Badger

    As justified as it is, being decent human beings, we gay people will NOT fire bomb the Picayune Funeral Home, leaving it to stand as a monument to hatred and bigotry. We will not hunt down and kill their family unto the 4th generation because it is better for them to live with the shame of being an unclean representative of how low disgustingly depraved humans can sink. It is so much better to say, “bless your heart, have another piece of pie”.

  • ArchiLaw

    I always like when a business provides a way to contact it with questions.

    http://www.picayunefuneral.com/Ask_the_Director_-4034.html

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Here’s the funeral home owner, Henrietta Brewer.

    “Henrietta loved the town’s character as well as the people who lived there.
    β€œThe town embraced us immediately. The people are so nice and kind. I will be staying here until it’s my days are over,” Henrietta said.”

    http://www.picayuneitem.com/2016/05/celebrating-a-decade-of-ownership/

  • boobert

    Best lesson for gay people is to avoid the south and midwest and stick to the east or west coast.

    • Jonathan Smith

      No, actually. I WILL NOT be told where I can go in the 21st century in the USA.
      They have to adjust to ME, not the other way around

    • EweTaw

      Or stick to Utah. So many Utah funeral home businesses have experienced losing a family member to AIDS (usually a son destined to take over the business) that it’s rarer than hens teeth to run into this kind of belligerence when planting a LGBT loved one.

      We have one funeral home in particular, Evans & Early, that was the first funeral home to welcome LGBT customers way back in the early 1980s. So many of my friends bodies were taken there the business became affectionately known as Early and Often, because so many were falling like dominoes from AIDS. Most of my remaining friends in SLC have prepaid for their funeral service (I have) ensuring that what they want to happen, happens upon their demise.

      Odd as it sounds, this “No” shit wouldn’t go down here in The Behave State. Even the sourest devote Mormons seem to agree we all need to be respected when it comes to death and taxes.

      • Westcoast88

        It will be a very long time before I go to Utah.
        Vivid memories of Prop 8.

        • EweTaw

          I understand completely. But we’ve made great progress putting down those ass wipe 1% Mormons since then. They are in hiding. And we intend to keep them under their rocks until their dead. πŸ™‚

  • Richard Schneider

    Ironic considering they expect him to burn in hell for all eternity.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Mississippi.

    I’d like to say I’m surprised, but I can’t lie like 45.

  • kaydenpat

    This is sad on so many levels. My heart breaks for his husband. Losing your long term partner is painful enough and then you have to deal with these bigots. I hope that funeral home is bankrupted by this lawsuit so no other family has to go through this nonsense.

  • witch

    I would like to see the prepaid contract, a lawyer friend said if the funeral home doesn’t clearly state in writing no gay persons, they will have trouble should the spouse sue

  • netxtown

    well hell. now I am all confused about sin. I thought sin was something you did or thought. Now they’re say it is a something? And I was all ready to head out for church….. /s

  • LudicrousSextus

    Welcome to Gay’merica, where currently, around a dozen high school dropout fast food workers a month get a few thousand ‘love tweets’ for refusing to serve citizens in *police* uniforms, and no end of businesses ‘refusing to serve citizens who voted in a manner we didn’t like‘ in the last presidential election get adoring media coverage…

    But tick off a gay and they’ve got the lawyers on speed-dial…

    Interesting society.

    • Jencendiary

      So, why are you here? Do you show up hoping for pictures of go go boys and stick around for trolling, or are you one of those odious humans who specifically looks for places to be loud and wrong in?

    • William of Glynn

      A funeral home going back on its agreement to provide cremation services for the family because the deceased was a married gay man you’re placing on the same level as some waitress refusing a police officer a Pop Tart? That’s messed up.

    • edrex

      got the lawyers on speed dial? ha! we ARE the lawyers on speedial.

  • UrsusArctos

    For those whaling away at Mississippi, remember that MOST states have exactly the same protections for LGBTQ people. That’s why ENDA is important.
    Yep, MS can be awful, but plenty of you live in places exposed to the same precise treatment if someone chooses to be an ass.
    http://www.lgbtmap.org/equality-maps/ https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/69968bc08b5c844973804ac00da91590d887af99b67742ea5842f31931fbb02c.png
    Roughly half of us live in places where this type of thing can happen. So don’t excuse Mississippi, but take a look in your back yard as well. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/53fbb562890a4ff0592f3dbd6502bd777ba2f1b6e8e6d1dee0d32ae715606edd.png

  • I’m willing to allow some concessions: if your bed-and-breakfast is also your home and you don’t want it to be used for a same-sex wedding, then fine. I’d take my business elsewhere. Refusing to provide cremation or burial services for the deceased is a different matter altogether.

  • Jim Foy

    let them know how you feel, here’s their info:
    http://www.picayunefuneral.com/ 815 S Haugh Ave, Picayune, MS 39466
    Phone: (601) 798-5238

  • fuzzybits

    Thoughts to Mr. Zawadski.

  • Veylon

    Seriously? The wedding-related stuff I can understand – if not agree with – but this is a whole different matter.

  • crankyd

    Beyond cruelty. Is it possible to burn down a crematorium?

  • SDG

    What is the difference between Mississippi and a 3rd-world country? NONE!

  • jonfromcalifornia

    These conservatives are so vicious and evil that they cannot even be decent to DEAD LGBT people so deep is their (I assume) Christian hatred.

  • chrisinphx

    Their web site also points out they are the only crematory in that county.

  • amati1684

    I hope the next death recorded in Picayune is of this funeral home.