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The Oklahoman 4/23/2008PAID ADVERTISEMENTFATHER OF GAY SON SPEAKS OUTBy ,I am disappointed when I learn of anti-gay speech by public officials. There is no doubt that such speech leads to hale crime* and creates an environment of fear in the LGBT (lesbian/gay/bisexual/lransgender) community. These officials do not set good examples.In comparison, many gays through history have set good examples. Famous and well-known homosexuals have lived in every nation and every generation. Consider, for example, daughter of Vice-President Dick & Mrs. Mary Cheney; sister of Candace Gingrich, both gay rights activists; U.S. tennis stars and Billie lean King; authors and ; U.S. actors and ; ; German General at Valley Forge Baron Von Steuben; and English rock star Elton John.Are these and countless other LGBT individuals inferior, second class citizens because of their sexual orientation or gender identity? I think not.When my wife Mary Lou and I learned in 1993 that we were parents of a gay child, we decided to get acquainted with as many gays as possible, attend their events and join gay organizations, trying to learn all we could about homosexuality and what anti-gay people meant when they talked about the “gay agenda.” We never got the same answer twice from anti-gays, nor could they ever give us any logical reason for their animosity against gays.Our gay son received many honors as a high school student, is an Eagle Scout, was an honor graduate of the Academy at , served in the Air Force for eight years, is now a lawyer in Washington, D.C., sings in the choir and serves on the Board of Elders of the National City Christian church.Today I am totally convinced that homosexuality is not chosen as a “life style.” Gays are born and then “come out” at different ages under different circumstances.Gays have been murdered solely because of their sexual orientation, just as African-Americans used to be lynched solely because of skin color. Murdered gays include Stephen Domer in , Matthew Shepard in , and San Francisco City Councilman Harvey Milk.I am also disappointed that anti-gays use the Christian faith lo support their arguments. What did |esus say against gays? Nothing. The Christian faith, as I understand it, leaches that we should love, honor, and respect one another. II also leaches kindness and tolerance, and leaches against prejudice, haired, bigotry and violence.
The author is a lawyer and was a candidate for the was House of Representatives in 2002 und the recipient of the Carl Albert Award presented by the Democratic Party in 2007.