Ten-year-old Sophia Bailey Klugh recently wrote a letter to President Obama thanking him for supporting marriage equality, because she knows first-hand how much her two dads love each other. But she also told the President that her friends at school think it’s “gross and weird” and asked him, “If you were me and you had two dads that love each other and kids at school teased you about it, what would you do?”
Well, this past week, Obama replied to Sophia and addressed her question:
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.
Obama’s letter is a simple reminder of the differences between him and Mitt Romney. Rather than embrace all families after Massachusetts granted the freedom to marry, Romney was oblivious to their existence and prevented same-sex couples from receiving appropriate birth certificates for their children. He opposes marriage equality and would prevent couples like Sophia’s dad from getting married, depriving her of the proper family security she deserves.