DENVER – Family and friends of a recently deceased gay woman are upset after a Denver-area church that was about to host her memorial service refused to show a video that included images of the woman kissing her fiancee.
Gary Rolando, a chaplain contacted by the woman's family, said Saturday's service at New Hope Ministries was canceled and moved to a funeral home after church officials insisted images of the couple kissing could not be shown in the ceremony.
Rolando says the family of Vanessa Collier refused to remove the photos from the memorial video. Jose Silva, a friend of Collier's, said friends and family were asked to leave the church, and the service was held at a nearby funeral home.
New Hope Ministries referred all calls Tuesday to Rolando.