The Des Moines Register ran guest column from Karl Schowengerdt, a father who lost his son to AIDS and now opposes same-sex marriage. He's also a staff member of the Iowa Family Policy Center. The marriage decision has caused these people to lose all common sense and now they're using their son's death to push their agenda.
He appears to be a parent who rejected his son because he was gay.
The single most tragic event in our years together has been the untimely death of our oldest son, Randy. Our firstborn was a blessing that brought so much joy into our lives. He was extremely smart, he participated in extracurricular activities, graduated with many honors and went on to college. After college, he moved to Omaha and took a job. It was while he was living in Omaha that one of Randy's co-workers recruited him into the homosexual "lifestyle."
We loved our son as much as any parents have ever loved a son. Even when we became aware of his homosexuality, we assured him of our love. That is not to say that we condoned or accepted what we knew to be a dangerous "lifestyle," but we always maintained our relationship with the son we had raised and the man we prayed would be delivered from homosexuality.
Well, gee, I wonder why he'd feel abandoned by his parents after he was told that he should deny how he feels, that he should cover up an important part of his identity and life, and that his parents were praying for his unhappiness.
After he was diagnosed with HIV he went back to Iowa to live with his parents:
It was interesting to note that once Randy was diagnosed HIV positive, the homosexual community who had actively recruited him and had claimed to be his "family" were nowhere to be found. As his health declined, he spoke frankly about the homosexual experience. Randy said, "It is not an alternate lifestyle. It is a cult."
His comment about gays not being there when Randy was diagnosed may be true in his case, I didn't know him, but the implication that the LGBT community is more likely to reject and abandon people with HIV is a complete re-writing of history.
And his last words about the "homosexual experience"... well, it's great that his father is publishing them in the paper now that Randy isn't here to speak for himself. Considering this man's level of honesty elsewhere in the column, I don't have too much faith that that's actually what his son said.
The logic is fuzzy about how this is all related to same-sex marriage, but the nut of their argument appears to be about taxes:
For the Iowa Supreme Court to sanction homosexual "marriage" is to encourage and underwrite the negative results that naturally come from the homosexual "lifestyle." Aside from the physical destruction inflicted on those who practice homosexuality and the incredible stress homosexuals cause their extended families, society often pays a hefty price as well. Randy lost his job when he was no longer strong enough to work. With the loss of that job, he lost his ability to insure himself. As a result, you the taxpayer paid for more than $250,000 in medical bills for this one AIDS patient.
It's all about taxes with these folks in the end. Even if they lose a child, they're miserly counting the pennies in taxes they had to pay because of his death.
And Karl doesn't ever consider the value of universal health care, naturally, even as their son faced a long fight with a disease without health coverage. I guess when you can blame someone for his own death it makes it easier to blame the victim for his own lack of health coverage (Karl says that Randy died because of his own "reckless decision and his own actions"). One would think that dealing directly with America's failing health care system would make Karl more sensitive to the need for universal health care, but apparently he's just an awful human being.
That's ultimately why they'll fail: there are rotting bat corpses where their hearts should be.