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Obama responds to 10-year-old’s heartfelt letter about her two dads

Monday, November 5, 2012

On Tuesday, we have an extraordinarily important decision to make. Many look at the economy and wish the recovery was happening more rapidly. Some would like to see a larger return on their stocks. And a select few look at their family and hope each day for the same protections most every other family in the country currently has.

You might remember this letter I posted last week from young Sophia Bailey Klugh.

Ten-year-old Sophia penned a letter to President Barack Obama. In the letter, she told the President how happy she was that he agreed with her on the topic of marriage equality. You see, young Sophia has two dads.

She continued on and asked the President an important question.

“I am so glad that you agree two men can love each other because I have two dads and they love each other, but at school kids think that it’s gross and weird, but it really hurts my heart and feelings…If you were me and you had two dads that loved each other and kids at school teased you about it, what would you do?”

Well, lo and behold, in the middle of his fight to be re-elected, the President took some important time to share a little advice with a little girl.

Dear Sophia,

Thank you for writing me such a thoughtful letter about your family. Reading it made me proud to be your president and even more hopeful about the future of our nation.

In America, no two families look the same. We celebrate this diversity. And we recognize that wherther you have two dads or one mom what matters above all is the love we show one another. You are very fortunate to have two parents who care deeply for you. They are lucky to have such an exceptional daughter in you.

Our differences unite us. you and I are blessed to live in a country where we are born equal no matter what we look like on the outside, where we grow up, ow who our parents are. A good rule is to treat others the way you hope they will treat you. Remind your friends at school about this rule if they say something that hurts your feelings.

Thanks again for taking the time to write me. I;m honored to have your support and inspired by your compassion. I’m sorry I couldn’t make it to dinner, but I’ll be sure to tell Sasha and Malia you say hello.

Sincerely,
Barack Obama

Governor Mitt Romney’s campaign recently stated that he believes gay and lesbian families visiting one another in the hospital is a privilege and not a right. Additionally, he has spoken out against gay parents adopting children.

Finally, the Governor has pledged to write discrimination against LGBT people into the US Constitution.

I hope that young Sophia wakes up on Wednesday morning to find there’s someone in the White House who believes her family should have the same protections as every other family in the country.

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19 more reader comments:

  1. Mitt Romney would never do that, he would of probably ripped up the letter. I really hope America has Obama as their president tomorrow.

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 4:07pm
  2. SO DO I Canada Needs him

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 4:20pm
  3. I hope so too Sophia!

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 4:37pm
  4. Please read this. Romney doesn’t even want us to visit our LIFE PARTNERS in the hospital!!!

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 4:43pm
  5. OMG that truly made me cry. It was incredibly beautiful! I love Sophia and I’m super honored to support my President! Sophia’s dad’s are raising a fantastic member of society!

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 4:53pm
  6. My son was ten when he wrote to the President about his two Dads. He got a letter, a packet of photos of their dog, a packet about the history of the White House, and he felt great.

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 4:59pm
  7. This made me cry.

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 5:38pm
  8. I find it disturbing that the guy Obama keeps rolling out for his campaigning, Bill Clinton, was the scum-bag behind such things as Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell & The Defense of Marriage Act. I guess that Obama’s “Evolution” hasn’t effected Billy Boy, yet no one brings this up.

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 5:43pm
  9. Sophia is much more mature than most politics. And most adults… -.- (when it comes to these views)

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 9:24pm
  10. Beautiful.

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 9:33pm
  11. Saw this earlier today.. How wonderful!

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 9:33pm
  12. SOOO CCUUUTTEEE

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 9:41pm
  13. LOVE this!!

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 9:53pm
  14. D’awwwwww

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 9:56pm
  15. Fingers crossed!

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 11:24pm
  16. Aw, she’s cute! <3

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 3:28am
  17. I Read The Letter And It Warmed My Heart And Soul!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 3:54am
  18. This actually made me cry

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 7:31am
  19. interesting

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 8:44am