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Father of Gay Soldier Killed in Afghanistan to Run for Office in Minnesota: VIDEO


Jeff Wilfahrt, whose gay son Andrew (below, right) was killed in February by an IED in Afghanistan, has announced he will run for the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 37B, a seat currently held by Rosemount resident Kurt Bills.

WilfahrtSince the death of his son, Wilfahrt has been an outspoken advocate for not only gays in the military but LGBT rights in general.

The Rosemount Town Pages reports:

Wilfahrt, a former 3M engineer who is currently self-employed, spent a lot of time at the capitol last year speaking out against a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. In May he complained about speaking to committees whose minds appeared to have been made up long before he walked into the room.

Wilfahrt’s son, Andrew, was killed in February by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. Andrew was gay, and Jeff said in May he wanted to ensure people like his son can have the same rights as everyone else.

“I see it as a matter of civil rights,” Wilfahrt said in May. “It’s too late to stand up for Andrew. He’s dead and gone. But there’s a lot of people out there who are in a minority. There is an action being taken by the Republican majority to oppress a minority even further.”

Wilfahrt called the proposed marriage ban one of the most significant factors in his decision to run.

Watch an amazing July CNN segment on the Wilfahrts and their son, AFTER THE JUMP...

And here's an earlier tribute to Andrew Wilfahrt:

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  1. This all shows how important it is to COME OUT: because everybody has someone gay in their family whom they love!

    I am loving our straight allies: the Jeff Wilfahrts, the Zach Wahls, people defending their loved ones

    "When it comes to the civil arena, their citizenship is ever bit as valid as yours or mine."


    P.S. His name is a dream for a campaign marketer



    Posted by: Strepsi | Jan 12, 2012 1:16:24 PM

  2. Good for him. Here's hoping all of Minnesota gets behind this man.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Jan 12, 2012 1:27:12 PM

  3. This brings tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for sharing- wishing there were more people like him out there.

    Posted by: Sophie Needelman | Jan 12, 2012 2:36:13 PM

  4. Hope this gets a follow-up post when the campaign starts in earnest and/or a donation link is set up.

    These are precisely the kinds of campaigns where small donations have a real and immediate impact. You can bet a $5 donation to Wilfahrt will go much farther than a $5 to Obama.

    Posted by: AERES | Jan 12, 2012 3:24:53 PM

  5. Good luck Jeff! I pray the pain of losing your son will ease over time but in the mean time, "give 'em hell on the campaign trail!"

    Posted by: John Simpson | Jan 12, 2012 5:46:21 PM

  6. To all Towleroad readers. I am that Jeff Wilfahrt and I will need lots of help in the form of $5, $10, $20 and more donations.

    Thank you for posting this, it brings tears to my eyes that you even know I'm in this fight.

    Wilfahrt for House Elec Committee
    12707 Chinchilla Ave
    Rosemount, MN 55068

    Fight on, fight on, 'til the walls come a tumbling down.

    Respectfully and sincerely,

    Jeff Wilfahrt

    Posted by: Jeff Wilfahrt | Jan 12, 2012 5:47:16 PM

  7. My donation to his campaign is going in the mail first thing in the AM. Here's part of the letter included:
    First of all, I want to thank you and your wife for going public with your story of heroism and loss. As a parent, I can't imagine the pain of losing a child. But you have found an opportunity to continue the good works of your son and help to make Minnesota, and the US as a whole, a better place for gay people and their allies.

    You're next!

    Posted by: David R. | Jan 12, 2012 7:06:20 PM

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