Ten-year-old Sophia Bailey Klugh penned a touching letter to President Obama, approving his support of marriage equality and relating her own story about living with not one, but two great dads. For the heartfelt letter, young Sophia has earned a response from none other than President Obama himself.
“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?”
President Obama took some time out of his busy campaign schedule, amid his last minute push for votes in the waning hours until Election Day, to respond to Sophia personally. Here is what he wrote:
“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 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.
“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.”
Election Day is tomorrow, and though the economy is the issue driving many to the voting booth, social issues like marriage equality are also on the mind of many. What do you think of President Obama’s response to Sophia Bailey Klugh, the ten-year-old girl with two gay parents? Here’s a photo of the letter via The Huffington Post: