SACRAMENTO, CA - More than 100 people gathered in Downtown to kick off a Pride event honoring gay military service men and women Friday night.
A Minneapolis father attended the gathering to speak about his son's legacy. His son is one of the first openly gay soldiers killed in the line of duty.
"I was proud of him even before the military, and more proud now, said Jeff Wilfahrt.
Love and pride drives Jeff Wilfarht. His son, like thousands of others, gave his life for his country. Corporal Andrew Wilfahrt, 31,was openly gay. He was killed in combat in Afghanistan in February of 2011.
Jeff Wilfahrt made the trip to Sacramento from Minneapolis to share his son's story. His legacy is strong and unique. Andrew Wilfahrt had a perfect score on his aptitude test. He is believed to be the first gay U.S. soldier to die in battle since President Obama signed the repeal of Don't ask Don't tell. A facebook page is dedicated to the soldier, in addition to countless online stories.
"I as a father who wears one of these gold stars wanna say thank you for their service," said Jeff Wilfahrt.
To honor his son, Jeff Wilfahrt is committed to being a voice for equal rights and fairness for the gay military community.
"If their taxes are good enough, blood is good enough, why aren't their rights good enough."
An amendment to ban same sex marriage is on the November ballot in Minnesota. Jeff Wilfahrt and his wife are at the forefront of the fight against that amendment in his home state.