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July 3rd, 2011
07:59 PM ET

The Legacy of a Gay Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

CNN speaks with the Wilfahrt family about their son, Cpl. Anthony Wilfahrt, who was killed in February in Afghanistan. Cpl. Wilfahrt was openly gay, a fact that seemed not to affect the other guys in his unit. CNN's Wayne Drash has written a poignant profile of Cpl. Wilfahrt and the effect his death had on his family.

Now Wilfahrt's parents have taken up the cause of same-sex marriage on his behalf. A proposed change to the state constitution in Minnesota, where the Wilfahrts are from, would outlaw gay marriage and define the union as one man and one woman. CNN also speaks with the man who authored the proposed amendment, State Sen. Warren Limmer.


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  1. D

    Good for Andrew's parents. Here we have a story about a young man who spoke about a type of love that the religious right say is blasphemy and contrary to their scripture. This man still lived a life of love and service and ultimately gave his life for the sake of others – including those that condemned him. His family and friends continue to preach his message of love. This story sounds very familiar to another story about a man who died over 2000 years ago – at about the same age as Andrew. The religious right of his time were called the pharisees. I believe our religious right will ultimately come down on the same side of history as the pharisees. Andrew, on the other hand, has already reflected the legacy of the importance of a solitary life.

    July 5, 2011 at 1:39 am |
  2. Donald Crum

    This issue of being Gay and serving in the Armed Forces of the USA makes no sense. In fact, the United States people should rejoice in the fact that a Gay person male or female has the courage to come forth and serve their country. I just wish that more so-called Straight people would gain this type of courage and serve.

    July 31, 2011 at 6:55 pm |

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