So I thought I was being oversensitive and applying my own feelings to someone else's situation. I told myself that just because it made me feel a certain way doesn't mean it makes him feel a certain way. He is a strong, stable person, unlike my mother who explodes emotionally every two hours. But wow, he totally feels the same way. I was not wrong. I did not over-apply my 'empathy'.
Glad the problem is solved but I am sorry he had to deal with it. I didn't know he felt so strongly against it.