Friday, December 2, 2016

Indiana man was not allowed to sing at his grandmother’s Catholic funeral because he is gay

By Sarah Karlan

INDIANA---Connor Hakes, a 23-year-old from Indiana, was not permitted to sing at his grandmother’s funeral after the pastor presiding over the service saw a photo of Hakes attending a gay Pride rally. Pastor Bob J. Lengerich of St. Mary Of The Assumption Catholic Church sent Hakes a letter over one page in length explaining that he would not be permitted to sing, as Hakes had originally planned, at his grandmother’s service. To honor his late grandmother, Carolyn, Hakes had planned to sing Franz Shubert’s “Ave Maria”. He ultimately sang the first stanza of the piece at his grandmother’s gravesite, after the funeral. [link]
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