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6:36 pm - 10/30/2012

Sophia Bailey Klugh, 10-Year-Old Girl With Gay Dads, Has an Important Question for President Obama

On May 9, 2012, I was visiting New York with my fiancé, who works for the Family Equality Council. I was taking some pictures for them as they rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange. That day, no one knew until a few hours before it was going to happen that the first sitting president in U.S. history was about to come out in favor of marriage equality.

I was in a room off the NYSE floor with seven or eight families led by gay parents when the text came in. "He said it," Sean said to me. Scrambling for cellphone service in this marble room in the depths of Wall Street, finally I was able to pull up the text of the interview. Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of the Family Equality Council, spoke to the room and read the text of Barack Obama's interview to all these moms and dads, and they in turn took a moment to tell their young children just how important this moment was. Then we walked across the floor, and the kids and their parents climbed the steps and rang the bell to close the stock exchange for the day.

A lot has happened in these short few months since then, but one thing remains the same: President Obama hopes to fight for full equality for LGBT Americans, while the alternative has pledged to write discrimination against LGBT Americans into the U.S. Constitution. Many don't realize just what a difference a president's acknowledgment can make when it comes to recognition of our families, but one little girl sees the importance. Ten-year-old Sophia Bailey Klugh has written a letter to President Obama that is quickly making the rounds on Facebook. Sophia's dads Jonathan Bailey and Triton Klugh posted the unprompted letter with the comment:
I've refrained from all the political posts, but this is just too close to home to ignore. This is not about President Obama -- it's about what's right. So frankly, if you don't agree with the innocent, heartfelt and surprisingly straightforward position of my 10 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER, then please unfriend me because we don't actually belong connected here in the first place.
Please take a look at just how much a child notices when someone everyone knows stands up and does the right thing.

Source: Huffington Post

chaya 31st-Oct-2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
Please put the image under a cut.
sunoftheskye 31st-Oct-2012 03:45 pm (UTC)
sorry gurl. doing it now
eveofrevolution 31st-Oct-2012 04:00 pm (UTC)
omg all the feels :3
poetic_pixie_13 31st-Oct-2012 04:11 pm (UTC)
Your friend who invited you to dinner. If you don't remember okay that's fine.

P.S. Please tell your daughters Hi for me!

Her papas are crying happy tears while they kiss y'all I can't right now.

[Some happy queer parents and their kids. Also, the Obamas + BBs. Because I can.]

Some of the photos are a big big. My bad.
shortsweetcynic 31st-Oct-2012 04:18 pm (UTC)
oh, sophia, it hurts my heart too.

that letter.

these comments.

it's like five-finger-death-punch for my feels, and i have no regrets. :)

edit: i replied in this thread to tell you thank you for these pictures. they made me super happy. :D

Edited at 2012-10-31 04:26 pm (UTC)
sherlockholmes 31st-Oct-2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
brb, gross sobbing.
hammersxstrings 31st-Oct-2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
please please please tell me he is going to/has responded to this
kaelstra 31st-Oct-2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
Aw, Papi and Daddy! <3

I hope he responds, what an adorable heartfelt letter.
pamelalillian 31st-Oct-2012 05:58 pm (UTC)
they need to pass this out to all those idiots who claim same sex parents are bad parents

beautiful beautiful thing to read
kitanabychoice 31st-Oct-2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
they need to pass this out to all those idiots who claim same sex parents are bad parents

they'll just claim that the parents put the kid up to it and OMG INDOCTRINATION GAY AGENDA CONVERT!!! so. :/
bella_cheval 31st-Oct-2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
[sniffle] Got something in my eye.


And Corgis. Corgis make everything better.
skellington1 31st-Oct-2012 06:40 pm (UTC)
Lost it at "Your friend who invited you to dinner" and "Please tell your daughters 'hi' for me." And the fact that 'daughters' was clearly misspelled the first time (it's hard!) and corrected by a loving dad.

sihaya09 31st-Oct-2012 07:06 pm (UTC)
lizzy_someone 31st-Oct-2012 11:54 pm (UTC)
So honestly this kind of makes me even angrier that Obama also said in that interview that people who oppose gay marriage do so "because they care about families." Really, Obama? Do they care about Sophia Bailey Klugh's family?

I mean, I know he has to be careful not to alienate voters too much -- hell, I didn't think it was safe for him to declare support for gay marriage in the first place -- but I kind of feel like he could have found a way to do it that wasn't such a slap in the face to people who clearly adore him.

But yes, Obama aside, this letter is made of rainbows and kittens and bluebirds and joy and A;SLKDJFDKLA;FLDKJSA.
ultra_obscene84 22nd-Nov-2012 05:16 am (UTC)
It's raining on my face...why is it raining on my face? OMG.
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