Friday, May 06, 2011
Thank you Jeff and Lori Wilfahrt, your son would be so proud
A little over a month ago I posted a heart-wrenching tribute to Cpl. Andrew Wilfahrt, a gay servicemember who had lost his life to an IED in Kandahar, Afghanistan in February of this year. The couple speaking in the clip are Andrew's parents, Jeff and Lori Wilfahrt, who in spite of the loss of their beloved son just a few weeks earlier and their overwhelming grief chose to go public and speak out in favor of the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. It is hard to imagine how anyone could not be moved by this couple's powerful words and their determination to speak in spite of their debilitating pain.
And so it was with great awe, a lot of tears, and so much admiration for their courage that I watched these amazing parents once again pay tribute to their son's memory by speaking out against yet another potential huge injustice, this time aimed at Minnesota gays and lesbians: a ballot referendum to place an anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment on the 2012 ballot.
And of course, as has been the case in every other state that has succeeded in getting these hateful referendums on the ballot, it is the organizations who "claim" to be advocates for the family (but who care nothing about hurting good families like the Wilfahrts or mine) and churches who "claim" to be doing God's work (but are tearing at the fabric of every loving family who refuses to abandon their beloved gay children) who are spending millions of dollars to get hate and bigotry enshrined into the State's constitution.
The horror of that kind of betrayal and cruelty leaves me speachless and filled with rage --- but so thankful that there are people like the Wilfahrts who can channel their grief and anger into such eloquent but powerful arguments for why this kind of legislation is profoundly unAmerican, so unChristian, and beyond despicable.
Please watch the video clip, but be patient, the sound quality is not great in the beginning, but does get better as the wind dies down: