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May 15th, 2012
02:30 PM ET

Gay Man's Poignant Video Goes Viral

CNN's Suzanne Malveaux talks with Shane Bitney Crone about his poignant video on same-sex marriage.

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  1. Karen Jacobson

    This is a heart-wrenching video with a powerful message. Thank you for covering this story.

    May 15, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  2. Rol Lowry

    Thank you Shane for sharing you deepest pain and abounding love for Tom with us.

    May 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  3. kevin calnan

    Thank you CNN for the inspiring interview with Shane... I am proud that Shane was able to share such a private part of his life with the world. Awesome decision.

    May 15, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
  4. Starke Co. Native

    I found this to be somewhat tasteless in the fact that it was partly "throwing mud". Tell the story but leave those whom hurt do to the tragedy out of it. Yes Shane you should hurt and voice your opinion but no in a demeaning way like you have. Not everyone agrees with same sex marriage and all sides need to accept it. I do not feel that the whole story is ever told and ever will because they never are. Just remember others are hurt from this too. I suggest you tread lightly when promoting your cause and be vague with your situation. The way you have went about your cause has not helped matters for all whom seem to have loved Tom. Hope you feel better now sir.

    May 15, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
  5. David Tsang

    Thank you CNN for covering this story. Thank you Shane for sharing your video with the world.

    May 15, 2012 at 9:26 pm |
  6. Teri Palmer

    Shane, thank you for your courage and for sharing your life so publicly! I am proud of you! CNN, thank you for covering this story.

    May 15, 2012 at 11:36 pm |
  7. Fernando Correa (Mexican living in Italy)

    Thanks CNN for covering this story which is very meaningful during these times. Hopefully gay marriage will be recognized in more and more countries as people are more informed. You are collaborating to this change. Shane & Tom's story is successfully reaching out worldwide.
    I have a 12 year relationship, fortunately for both of us we have very supporting families.
    Unfortunately for us the Vatican pressure in Italy makes it very hard for this country to recognize same-sex marriages...

    May 16, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
  8. Jamie Good

    Thanks Shane for sharing your sad and moving story. The relatives in Indiana sound like they don't have a heart. How can they sleep at night knowing how first they hurt their son, then by turning their back on you when they knew how much their son loved you! You deserve better from in-laws and i hope you find it! I hope they wake up one day and beg your forgiveness! Thanks CNN for spreading this story....the world needs to hear it!

    May 16, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  9. Tanya

    What a wonderful heart wrenching story. I could not imagine what I would do if this happened to me. It's about time that people recognize gay marriage. The people who are opposed to it need to find some love in their own lives instead of concentrating on so much hate towards others. LOve is love, period.

    May 16, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
  10. Holli

    Shane I absolutely love you for speaking up like this. You are a brave soul. I am inspired by this and to do this is insightful on how relationships (same-sex) is meaningful and innocent. Love is love and love shouldn't ever be confused with hatred and that's what the parents of tom's family did. God will totally get them for doing something like this to you. I pray for you and everyone else who has been through a near experience like this. God bless you Shane.

    May 16, 2012 at 10:37 pm |
  11. Courtney

    Starke Co. Native, Shane has done absolutely NOTHING wrong. And no, we will NOT accept that there are those who have an intolerance for homosexuals, because it is simply not acceptable to segregate and treat different people as a minority or less than a person. That goes for ANYBODY; any race, religion, orientation, sexual identity. Having to accept those who do not agree with Same-Sex marriage is saying it is okay to lack and education and understanding of peoples rights– not religious rights. ALSO, if you accept this view, you are saying it is okay to discriminate, remember how bi-racial relations and slaves went through this process? Former taboos are now frequent in society and things change. Religion should not be included in black and white, because we are a diversity of different belief systems. If you love someone, or if you care for someone, you should be able to be together and have a security net. That's a basic human need and something this country is seriously lacking.

    May 16, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
  12. Jeremy

    His parents must be hurt. His parents just lost a son no matter if gay or not What is the saddest aspect of this, is that their true hurt is yet to come. My heart goes out to everyone. Growing up with hate only leads to more pain in the end.

    May 16, 2012 at 11:44 pm |
  13. Graembo

    Starke Co. Native, Norman Bridegroom and his wife have had the opportunity from every media outlet that has covered Tom and Shane's story to share their side of it. They have declined. If they want their side heard, they can step up to the mic. It took Shane (whom Tom–who was even gay back when you knew him, but your words now should say something of how close HE felt to YOU, and why he didn't stay in Starke Co.–loved with all of his heart) a year to rebuild enough to release a video. The parents had a choice: they could have respected decisions with which they didn't agree. They chose not to. They made the decision to make their son's death about them instead of about their son. Their actions toward Shane were not just insulting to him, but to Tom.

    May 22, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
  14. Michael

    This story has consumed me for the past couple of days. My heart breaks for Shane. He was invalidated by Tom's family at the time of his greatest loss. How could they plan and attend a funeral for their son and exclude (worse yet, threaten) the one person Tom had chosen as his life partner? They will surely live their own hell based on a situation that was completely avoidable.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
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