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Jamiel Terry, 31, the gay son of antigay and antichoice activist Randall Terry, was killed in a Georgia car crash this week.
The late Terry made headlines in 2004 when he announced he was gay in Out magazine.
"It's hard to point to one moment when you begin to come out to yourself," Terry wrote in Out, "but if I had to, I'd go back to a night seven years ago when I was 17 ... in my old bedroom at my parents' house ... where my friend 'Johnny' and I had just finished fooling around."
Terry's adoptive father -- the founder of Operation Rescue, which blocked entrances to abortion clinics in the 1980s and '90 s-- disowned his son after he came out.
After Terry's announcement in Out, a Los Angeles gay activist accused him of scamming her after he promised to help start a political action committee. Terry denied any wrongdoing.
The younger Terry did mend fences with his father before the head-on car crash that took his life.
"I thank God that Jamiel and I spoke regularly, and texted each other about a wide variety of issues, frequently discussing and debating elections, politics and policy, to which we have both dedicated our time and talents," Randall Terry wrote in a statement, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "While we remained irreconcilable on the issue of 'homosexual marriage,' and the morality of homosexual behavior, Jamiel remained firmly pro-life, and recently helped convince a young woman to not kill her child by abortion. There were many other issues that we kicked around -- with laughter and good humor."