Undertakers do not want to bury gays


A special case of discrimination against homosexuals involves an American court: 83-year-old Jack Zawadski has sued a funeral home in Picayune, Mississippi, whose staff refused to bury his husband, Bob Huskey, who died aged 86 ,According to the indictment (PDF1), the reasoning of the funeral home “Brewer Funeral Services” was that “nobody wanted to be involved with such people”, ie homosexuals.Originally, the funeral home had agreed with the widow’s nephew to cremate the body and organize the funeral for $ 1,795 (1,650 euros) – the fee had already been paid. However, when the owners learned in the faxed order that the deceased had a husband, the order had been canceled according to the indictment.The grieving husband could hardly believe the rejection: “I was devastated,” said the 83-year-old. “It was like someone pulling out an arm and throwing it in the bin.” His husband, with whom he spent over 50 years, was his life. “And then, in a moment of pain, doing something to me – doing this to us – I just could not believe it, no one was going to have to go through it.”, Inseparable since 1965, Zawadski and Huskey were in the 1965 met Anaheim in California and fell head over heels in love. They then spent almost every spare minute together, moving from California to Colorado, then to Wisconsin and settling in Picayune 20 years ago – at a time when homosexuality in the conservative southern state of Mississippi is punishable by up to ten years imprisonment could. In the 11,000-inhabitant municipality, however, they were happy and accepted, according to Huskey.Just three weeks after the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States, the couple married on July 17, 2015. On May 11, 2016, Huskey passed away after a long illness. The funeral home rejected all the allegations. In court papers, the attorney of the owner Ted and Henrietta Brewer called the lawsuit “frivolous” and stated that the institute had never discriminated against anyone for sexual orientation. “This has nothing to do with fundamental rights and is not a case of discrimination,” it says simply., Lambda Legal supports action, Zawadski is supported in his lawsuit by Lambda Legal2. Beth Littrell, an attorney for the LGBTI organization, said that this was the first time that such discrimination had occurred. The lawsuit seeks to scare off other homo-haters and make sure no one else has to go through the same.The legal basis is not the discrimination of homosexuals, because in Louisiana – as in half of the US states – there is no equal treatment law based on sexual orientation. Therefore, the lawsuit is for breach of contract and resulting emotional stress.Meanwhile, Huskey has been buried after a funeral home in Hattiesburg 120 kilometers away had cremated him. The planned funeral service had to be canceled due to time constraints. (Dk),


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