Gay Man Sues Funeral Home for Not Cremating Husband’s Body
A gay man is suing a Mississippi funeral home for refusing to cremate his 86-year-old husband — because they didn’t want to “deal with their kind.”
Robert Huskey passed away in May 2016 after his heart condition worsened over the previous year. Knowing that his death was imminent, Huskey’s nephew had made arrangements with the local funeral home the month before his passing.
John “Jack” Zawadski, 82, claims in his lawsuit that the Picayune Funeral Home suddenly refused to pick up and cremate Huskey’s body as planned on the day of his death. All because that day, the lawsuit alleges, the funeral home discovered Huskey was gay and married to Zawadski.
The couple had been together for more than 50 years, and legally married since 2015.
“Shortly after the Nursing Home sent the signed paperwork that identified Jack as Bob’s surviving spouse, John was contacted by the Nursing Home and informed that PFH now adamantly refused to provide services,” the lawsuit alleges. “The Nursing Home relayed to John that once PFH received the paperwork indicating that Bob’s spouse was male, PFH refused service because it did not ‘deal with their kind.’”
The LGBTQ rights group Lambda Legal joined the fight Tuesday, announcing in a press release that they would also being suing the funeral home and the people who back it — Ted and Henrietta Brewer of the Brewer Funeral Services Inc. — on behalf of Zawadski and Huskey’s nephew, John Gasperi.http://sambagblog.com/2017/05/03/gay-man-sues-funeral-home-not-cremating-husbands-body/http://sambagblog.com/gallery/2017/05/170502-funeral-home-husband-screen-grab-lambda-legal-se-109p_2ad0f176fd38b9a6a1417056462e111f.nbcnews-ux-600-480.jpghttp://sambagblog.com/gallery/2017/05/170502-funeral-home-husband-screen-grab-lambda-legal-se-109p_2ad0f176fd38b9a6a1417056462e111f.nbcnews-ux-600-480-120x79.jpgGay Issues