Tazo995 saidHow easy, to beg for forgiveness. Talk is cheap.
If I were this kid I'd have kicked his redneck ass to the curb.
Why? No matter what he is the father and how great of him, at the age of 72 coming to his son and apologizing and begging for forgiveness. Family is bound by blood no matter how much someone may deny. I salute the father and the son for acting the way he did and not turning his back. Bitterness and hatred are toxic for the soul. When you hate you begin to invest in something that will have no positive return. Hatred and anger will consume and corrupt you eventually
Based on what I read here this isn't your run of the mill dad that had an issue with this son being gay, this guy went very far with it for many decades - now that he's getting older and nearing the end, he's probably fearing for his poor little soul.
There are some things that are unforgivable, and where it really is a matter of "you should have thought of this 30 years ago". It's not about the close mindedness itself, it's about lacking the basic civilization to control one's behaviour.
More power to this guy for making amends with his dad, but if it were my father I would have told him he can look for somebody else to speak at his funeral and wished him to burn in hell - this guy deserves to feel miserable. That many years of suffering needs to be punished, the same way that an old nazi still deserves to be hanged 50 years after the fact.