Somewhere between the road of hate and bigotry…
What can you say about someone going viral for his or her hate of same-sex marriage and equal rights dying?
Michael Leisner, the gay marriage opponent who received national attention after video of his failed protest at General Mills went viral, has died. After setting a box of Cheerios on fire and giving a quick speech against the company’s equal rights stance, Leisner quickly became a hot topic- no pun.
The Star Tribune reports:
Leisner posted a video of his act online, with it showing him scrambling to stomp out the flames before he hurriedly instructs his off-camera friends to get in a car. The video made its way onto cable TV’s “The Daily Show” and “Chelsea Lately.”
Leisner died Saturday while waiting in his car for his sons to finish playing tennis, said the Rev. Dwight Denyes, senior pastor at Emmanuel Christian Center in Spring Lake Park.
The family said in a statement that the two sons found Leisner in his car and not breathing. He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids and died “of a massive heart attack,” the statement said.
Denyes said that while he didn’t know Leisner well, what the nation saw in the protest video “doesn’t accurately reflect who he was as an individual. He was a very loving and caring father of his four children, a loving husband and he seemed to get along with other people.”
The video caused a sensation among the LGBT blogosphere and prompted a criminal investigation by police. Unfortunately his death brings that investigation to an abrupt end. Our sympathy goes to his family and friends, but remember life is too short to fill it with hate.