Priest Refuses to Bury Body of 74-Year-Old Lesbian
The vicar said he had decided to refuse Ms Østergaard’s mother a funeral because he did not want to perform gay wedding ceremonies and thought he should not therefore perform other church services for gays.
Kirsten Østergaard told DR1: “I thought – can this really be possible that we have to be ashamed? I looked at my mother’s partner and she was silent. I was upset for her. What a terrible situation to put her in.”
The vicar in question apologized to the daughter of the woman who was refused a burial service only after the complaints began pouring into the church, and admits that this was the biggest mistake he’s ever made.
Kirsten, to her credit, is having none of it. “What use is that to me? This is about his views about humanity, and I don’t think those have changed. He has probably regretted it, but not because of us – rather because he has put himself in a very bad light.”
(via Pink News)