I had the honor and privilege to be a part of this year’s March for Life today in Washington, DC. GOProud organized a group and we were welcomed warmly, despite the frigid temperatures.
Despite the touch of Global Warming, the March was quite personally fulfilling to me. I’m the one in the back, holding the sign, by the way.
Sometimes life has moments that you aren’t expecting and today was one of them. Please note Michael, the man in front of me in the yellow coat. He sought out GOProud today because, “I had to be here today.” I spent a lot of time listening to Michael today and I hope that my listening was as helpful to him as his story was to me.
Michael spent the last two years in prison and now he’s trying to make things right. He is gay and pro-life. He ostensibly served his time because of his principles. Let me explain…
Michael’s sister was pregnant and her boyfriend gave her the funds to abort the baby. His sister refused and instead used the money to buy clothes. The boyfriend was so enraged that the baby hadn’t been aborted, that he threw Michael’s sister down the stairs, inducing a miscarriage. Michael stabbed the boyfriend in an attempt to help his sister.
I’m not in a position to judge Michael, that’s God’s role. And I wasn’t told if the stabbing resulted in serious injury or death of the boyfriend. But there is something admirable about a gay guy taking matters in his own hands to protect his sister from a violent attack.
Michael now makes the money he needs to live in a cheap residence by shining shoes. After the March was over, Michael — with quite a lot of embarrassment — asked me if he could shine my shoes. I told him that I appreciated the offer, but that I would give him the money he needed to stay in a warm home without the shoe shine. He began to cry and we hugged each other.
Life is funny. Which is why all life is precious. And why the government should be protecting all rights of self-protection, not trying to restrict them or incentivize death.