President Barack Obama has responded to
a 10-year-old daughter's question about being bullied for having two
In the letter, Sophia Bailey Klugh
first thanks Obama for supporting gay marriage, then she asks him for
“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 but it really hurts my heart and feelings.
So I come to you 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?”
“I just wanted to say you really
inspire me, and I hope you win on being the president. You would
totally make the world a better place.”
“Your friend, Sophia.”
“P.S. Please tell your daughters hi
She ended her letter with a doodle of
her dads sharing a kiss.
“Dear Sophia,” Obama
responded. “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.”