Ten-year-old Sophia Bailey Klugh had one question for President Obama: “If you were me and had two dads that loved each other, and kids at school teased you about it, what would you do?” Yesterday, the President responded.
He said, in part:
In America, no two families look the same. We celebrate this diversity. And we recognize that whether 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, or 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.
Sophia is the daughter of Jonathan Bailey and Triton Klugh. Bailey posted her original letter, which he said was was “totally unprompted,” on Facebook last week. He posted the President’s letter, dated November 1, yesterday. (Thanks, HuffPo!)
President Obama said in May that his own daughters have friends with same-sex parents, and they influenced his decision to support marriage equality.
Compare and contrast. Then go vote.