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Thursday, October 9, 2008

My New Father-in-Law/Hero, Continued..

posted by on October 9 at 9:06 AM

In June, I wrote about my then-forthcoming marriage into a complicated Mormon family.

This past Sunday, I wrote about the amazing letter Jake’s dad wrote to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Today brings the latest installment, featuring Jake’s heroically wonderful father being interviewed for a Salt Lake City news broadcast. See the video here.

In case you hadn’t heard, the Mormon Church is a leading supporter of Proposition 8, which would revoke same-sex marriage rights in California, and Jake’s dad’s very public support of us could set him on the road to excommunication. He knows this, and I imagine he’s getting to the point where it would be an honor to be booted from an allegedly family-is-everything church for being too good of a father to his children. Stay tuned, and donate to the “No on Prop 8” campaign here.

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David, I fall more in love with your father in law every day. How luck you and Jake are! Tell him to keep fighting the good fight.

Posted by Gidget | October 9, 2008 9:42 AM

Your father-in-law is a brave and beautiful man. To stand up like that in his church and in his community is awesome. You ARE lucky, Dave. I just hope you're lucky enough. I'm really worried about this hateful garbage passing. I gave.

Posted by Fnarf | October 9, 2008 9:46 AM

Your father in law rocks!

Posted by Heartened | October 9, 2008 9:49 AM

aw, i wanna marry into that family too! what's the other son look like?

Posted by Nixor | October 9, 2008 10:02 AM

None of this changes the fact that he's still a Mormon.

Posted by Retarded Hero | October 9, 2008 10:11 AM

I think your father-in-law's bravery is in part a reflection of the two of you. All three of you are lucky. This is the future of family. The Mormons are going to be lonely (and broke, having excommunicated everyone) if they don't get on board.

Posted by Emma | October 9, 2008 10:17 AM

your father-in-law is an admirable man, and makes my crappy day a little bit brighter.

Posted by jayme | October 9, 2008 10:22 AM

No doubt, this exceedingly difficult for Jake's dad and I greatly admire him for taking a stance.

This is hilarious though: I went to the Fox News Utah page to watch his video and was confronted by the one of the most homoerotic banner ads I've ever seen (and this is NOT a joke!) Screenshot here.

Posted by Emily | October 9, 2008 10:29 AM

I was moved to tears. In time, your father-in-law will be remembered as a man full of love who refused to bend to an outdated, bigoted, and hateful movement. He rocks. You all do.

Posted by Elizabeth | October 9, 2008 10:32 AM

It is very likely that you can look to Jake's father to see who Jake is and will be. How wonderful for you.

Posted by Megan | October 9, 2008 10:34 AM

You're a fantastically lucky man, David. Kudos to your father-in-law.

Posted by Gloria | October 9, 2008 10:45 AM

Congrats, your father-in-law epitomizes the best of what religion and Jesus are supposed to be about - inclusion and love.

Posted by BD | October 9, 2008 11:06 AM

I had to blackmail/drag my father to my wedding and during the service I could see him out of the corner of my eye, rolling his eyes during the vows.

At the reception, he pulled me aside and asked me if I was happy. I told him emphatically that I was. He hugged me and cried and told me that was all he ever wanted.

He later brought the room to tears with his toast to me and my husband. As he told me at the end of the evening, "I've seen a lot of things in my lifetime that I never thought I could understand. But I've got used to them, and I'll get used to this too."

Posted by jimk | October 9, 2008 11:22 AM

David, do you have it in mind to maybe write a narrative of the public/social parts of your wedding weekend? I'll bet there was humor/fun/magic worth sharing--though I understand if you'd rather not.

Posted by rob | October 9, 2008 12:01 PM

Just another person who thinks your father-in-law is an exceptional father and person.

Posted by Frentic | October 9, 2008 12:04 PM

Your father-in-law rules!

Posted by Miss A | October 9, 2008 12:49 PM

Thank you for all your posts, david! I've sent them to my LDS mother who reluctantly attended my big gay marriage in august.
She's told me that what the church says goes and she can't fully accept my relationship without the church saying it's ok...

Please thank your father-in-law for me, he gives me hope for my own family!

Posted by crystina | October 10, 2008 1:33 PM

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