I applaud the stand made by the parents of a gay Minnesota soldier who was killed in Afghanistan who are launching a state-wide tour by veterans against a gay marriage ban, reports Jason Shaw.
Jeff and Lori Wilfahrt’s son, Andrew, died in 2011, yet despite of their personal tragedy, the couple have embarked on a tour of the state to talk about how their son would have been affected by such a ban.
Minnesota already has a law on the statute that makes gay marriage illegal, however a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot would define marriage as between one man and one woman. This, according to the amendment supporters is to prevent the gay marriage law being overturned at some stage in the future.
The fight against gays and marriage equality is all set to ramp up this week when as all Roman Catholics in Minnesota will receive a letter this week sent from the state’s bishops. The letter urges them to donate money for television ads asking voters to say yes to the constitutional amendment More than 400,000 Catholic households are expected to get the letter asking them to make a financial donation to awfully hate fuelled Minnesota for Marriage, the chief homophobic group campaigning for passage of the marriage amendment.
John Green, a political science professor at the University of Akron in Ohio, who studies politics and religion. Said “I can’t think of anything as direct and as explicit,. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with it legally, but certainly I’m sure it’s very controversial. Catholic leaders have been involved in fundraising. I know of examples where they have reached out to parishioners, but I’ve never heard of anything quite this comprehensive.“
I wonder how much producing and sending over 400,000 letters cost, how may staving children around the world and in Minnesota that money would have fed. Surly as a fundamental religious organisation they could have thought of much more beneficial and worthy things to spend their money on rather than wasting it on hating and discriminating against other members of their society.