A Florida woman says she was devastated that her family church canceled her son's funeral after learning that he was gay.

Julion Evans and Kendall Capers married in Maryland before Evans died of amyloidosis, a rare disease that attacks proteins in the body.

Evans' mother, Julie Atwood, said Pastor T.W. Jenkins of Tampa's New Hope Missionary Baptist Church abruptly called off the service after leaning that Evans was married to a man in his obituary.

“Based on our preaching of the scripture, we would have been in error to allow the service in our church,” he said. “I'm not trying to condemn anyone's lifestyle, but at the same time, I am a man of God, and I have to stand up for my principles.”

Atwood said Jenkins told her that it would be “blasphemous” to hold the funeral at his church.

“It was devastating,” she said. “I did feel like he was being denied the dignity of death.”