Funeral home accused of refusing to cremate gay man
An 82-year-old widower, John Jack Zawadski, is suing Picayune Funeral Home in Mississippi because it refused to cremate his husband, Robert Huskey, after they found out through paperwork that he was gay, saying they didn't "deal with their kind."
After the couple's nephew, John Gaspari, made a verbal agreement with the funeral home for final services, the funeral home called him after his uncle's passing, to tell him that they "adamantly" refused to provide the service after learning that his spouse was a male.
This left the grieving family scrambling to find another funeral home as the nursing home Huskey lived in said the body needed to be moved because they didn't have a morgue.
They ended up 90 miles away in Hattiesburg, MS, leaving some friends and family unable to pay their final respects.
The funeral home denied all claims in a response to the lawsuit and Gaspari.
As of right now there's no federal law that protects LGBT people from discrimination. Democrats just introduced the equality act of 2017.
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