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Girl Writes Letter to Obama About Gay Marriage

10-Year-Old Girl Writes to President Obama About Gay Marriage — and He Writes Back

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Sophia Bailey-Klugh had already written to President Barack Obama once before, to invite him to dinner at her house. He didn't RSVP, so when the 10-year-old with two dads decided to send him a note thanking him for his support of gay marriage, she wasn't expecting a reply.

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"Dear Barack Obama," she wrote. "It's Sophia Bailey Klugh, your friend who invited you to dinner. You don't remember okay that's fine. But I just wanted to tell you that I am so glad you agree that 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."

Learn more about this heartwarming story after the jump.

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"Totally unprompted, our amazing 10 year old decided to write this letter to Barack Obama," her dad, Jonathan Bailey, wrote when he posted her note on Facebook. He and his partner, Triton Klugh (whom Sophia calls Papa) are "so unbelievably proud. And maybe we teared up a little."


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In her letter, Sophia wrote that her classmates' reaction "hurts my heart" and that she wrote to the President because "you are my hero."

"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?" she asked.

Imagine her surprise when she looked in her mailbox last week and saw that the President of the United States had written back to her.

"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," Obama wrote (Bailey posted his reply on Facebook as well). "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," the President continued. "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."

Then he apologized for having missed dinner, and promised "to tell Sasha and Malia you say hello."

"This is not about President Obama, it's about what's right," Jonathan Bailey wrote on Facebook. "Thank you, Barack Obama — you have made one 10-year-old feel might special (and her two dads, too). "

— Lylah M. Alphonse Copyright © 2012 Yahoo Inc.

Source: Facebook User Jonathan Bailey

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Join The Conversation
iammsryan iammsryan 4 years
This story brought a tear to my eye and warmed my heart! Thank you President Obama for validating this precious little girl, and trying to protect her from the religious bullies! My mother has always raised me to treat others the way I would want to be treated, regardless of the race, creed, or color!!! It sounds like taptap77 hasn't been taught the same thing! I also was taught not to judge people, it is not our job. They will face their own judgement day. We are only to pray for them. I was raised in a very conservative, religious family. Attending youth group on wednesday night, sunday school, and sermon on sunday, every week. I have become the black sheep liberal of my family who doesn't believe in the story of jesus christ, or organized religion. I am the free thinker! People like taptap77 just validate the reasons why I don't belong there!
mae64 mae64 4 years
I feel sad for taptap77 that upon reading the above story he felt the need to quote some glib BS rather than understand the fact that the human being with the most responsibility on the face of the planet took time to respond to a 10 year old child about the most important thing in her life, her family. You go argue with a book and leave the bigger person to deal with the important stuff.
taptap77 taptap77 4 years
I feel sad for the little girl and that our nation has a man like this as president. "Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God." Luke 16:15 We are in the gutter now. If you disagree with me go argue with the Bible.
Doug3496107 Doug3496107 4 years
President Obama's letter also made one middle-aged man feel very good about being an American and having voted for Obama.
Dsc3493444 Dsc3493444 4 years
Whether you agree with his policy decisions or not you have to admit that this President is a class act!
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