Jorg Haider died in a car crash which resulted from his drunken state of mind leaving behind his conservative right wing Alliance for the Future of Austria to sort out the details of his life. His political party has drawn upon extremists who hate foreigners and gays as part of their general culture of hating those who differ in some respect from themselves. As the nation mourned his death, Stefan Petzner, his protege broke down in tears at news of the death of his mentor and publicly admitted the two men had conducted a long term gay relationship even while their party was hostile to gays and lesbians. “We had a relationship that went far beyond friendship. Jrg and I w ere connected by something truly special. He was the man of my life.”
It appears Haider’s widow knew all about the gay relationship between the men and accepted their feelings toward one another. Ironically, shortly before leaving on his drunken drive home, Haider was photographed before a gay bar that he left after an emotional argument with Petzner.
Love comes in many forms and those who believe in the right of humans to love whom they please do not denigrate the relationship between the two men. However, given their love, it is sad they would not accord similar rights to other men.