Skip to comments.Veterans organize against ban; Catholic church seeks donations
Posted on 09/26/2012 5:18:11 AM PDT by TurboZamboni
Jeff and Lori Wilfahrt, parents of a gay soldier killed last year in Afghanistan, and Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Walz launched Veterans United at a Capitol news conference Tuesday, Sept. 25.
The group will work in partnership with Minnesotans United for All Families, the main group opposing the amendment, speaking against the measure around the state. Officials said the veterans group already has more than 100 members.
"All soldiers take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. And as it stands today, our state constitution protects rights and freedoms for all citizens," said Lori Wilfahrt. "But if this amendment passes, it will actually restrict freedom."
"The U.S. military is on our side of this marriage definition issue," said Jeff Wilfahrt, and he issued a direct appeal to veterans to join the opposition. "You once took the call, you did your duty, you defended the Constitution. Then you did it with arms. This fall you can do it with an ink pen. I urge you to vote no. Your brother in arms laid down his life for that reason." The Wilfahrts previously had set up an organization in their son's honor called "Andrew's Round Table" to promote public discussion of equality and tolerance, and the new veterans group will draw on speakers from that organization, Lori Wilfahrt said. Jeff Wilfahrt is a DFL candidate for state representative this fall.
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Ask a young, unshaven groundpounder on Okinawa in the thick of the shit of Spring 1945 if years later, his sacrifice would be used to countenance this kind of social decay back home in the descendent US Armed Forces. Why he’s spit down on your boots, if not outright take a piss on them, and probably have some choice World War II era - Greatest Generation military obscenities for you out of abject disgust.
Wait, he gave his life so homosexuals could marry each other in Afghanistan?
I’m so confused.
Sure they are buddy, sure they are... /sarc
Passed on a voice vote in a lame duck congress.
My brain is smoking trying to make sense out of this article.
It is incoherent.
The Catholic Church is what? For Gay marriage?
The soldier died for what?
I’m with you, it doesn’t really even say what they are voting for or against.
Forgive my sophomoric humor but the thing that really jumped out to me was the name, Wilfahrt.
Stopped reading. Does the idiot who wrote this expect everyone to know what “the amendment” is? What is that headline supposed to mean?
You are forgiven. It was the only coherent phrase in the article.
Seriously, I do think the writer is trying to make a headline which states that the Catholic Church supports gay marriage.
He should have left it alone without the article. Maybe that’s what they’ll start doing.
I know this might be childish to mention, but... Wilfahrt?
Could life be less fair?
Doug Belden, Reporter, 651-228-5136, @dbeldenpipress
Organizers of Tuesday morning clergy rally in favor of marriage amendment at Capitol say Archbishop will be there but won’t take questions.
@dbeldenpipress Are you aware the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area came out against marriage amendment? http://www.presbyterytwincities.org/2012/09/press-release-presbytery-opposes-marriage-amendment/
Doug’s a little activist presstitute.
what a shock.
A small thing, but being a "vet", means that we survived our service. Your point is accurate though, we didn't serve to create homosexual marriage.
nope, we didn’t!