Judy Shepard Has a Message for Anti-Gay OK State Rep Sally Kern

Of course you remember Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern’s anti-gay rant. Kern has been standing her hateful ground since her remarks broke wide across the internet.

Shepard_2Last week, 300 people rallied outside the Oklahoma state capitol to protest Kern’s remarks, and the lawmaker, who says she has received death threats over her statements, agreed to meet this week with “two or three” representatives of the LGBT community once she had her lawyers in place.

Today Judy Shepard released a message for the bigot:

“My son died nearly ten years ago at the hands of people whose hatred changed many lives that day. It hardened hearts and brought others to their knees. It shook a nation and enraged millions. At that time, I knew there was a window of opportunity that I could use Matthew’s story and my voice in replacing hate with understanding, compassion and acceptance. Through the Matthew Shepard Foundation, we are reaching young people who are at risk of being poisoned by the dark ideas of people like Sally Kern. I don’t know why Sally Kern is proud of comparing gay people to cancer or terrorism, but count me as someone who’s listening now to people like her. She may be free to say people like my son are a threat to America, but when she does she puts other mothers’ sons in danger. I pray she doesn’t say it anymore.”

Read Shepard’s entire message at The Victory Fund.

Judy Shepard: Sally Kern’s free speech [victory fund]


  1. Cory says

    God bless this woman. I don’t know how she does it, but she has the strength and courage of a 1,000 men. My heart goes out to her, and even to Ms. Kern. Although I abhor her comments, it’s obvious she has issues of her own and perhaps needs to understand both sides of the story before making such remarks. I applaud Mrs. Shepard.

  2. says

    It is easy to forget that there are even more wonderful individuals speaking positive life affirming messages out there like Judy–when the spotlight gets turned onto hate messages like Sally spewed. May the majorities of everyday people hear and be moved by Judy over Sally!

  3. Matt says

    Words are fine but what I really would like to see is face-to-face confrontation here. Preferably in a boxing ring. To paraphrase Olympia Dukakis in Steel Magnolias, “Come on Judy, knock her lights out!”

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