A gay father's open letter to Justice Antonin Scalia has gone viral.

Jack Montgomery of the District of Columbia wrote of his experience raising three adoptive children with his husband Kelly Vielmo.

Montgomery posted his letter online. A video of him reading the letter along with images of his family had been viewed nearly 10,000 times on YouTube.com as of Tuesday.

“Dear Justice Scalia as well as your distinguished peers serving on the Supreme Court,” Montgomery's letter starts.

“With the cases being heard in the Supreme Court this week our family is now on debate at the national level. One comment that stuck with me was the speculation of potential 'deleterious' effect of kids having same-sex parents.”

“Children who are placed in the care of foster systems throughout this nation have suffered from either the neglect or the abuse of their biological families. For all intents and purposes, we will call this deleterious parenting. Sadly my children were born into these circumstances.”

“As you prepare your response on Proposition 8 and DOMA you now have the opportunity to decide what further obstacles will face these children. What are the deleterious effects your decision will have on my children?”

Montgomery concludes: “I accept that the stares our family receives walking down the street on a daily basis elicits both judgment and inspiration. What I do not accept is that the United States of America is willing to devalue my childrens' family more than others and have a separate grouping of laws and benefits. I pray that as you rule on these cases that you keep Cardel (6), Raine (4), and Ravyn (3) in your hearts and do all in your power to keep deleterious obstacles from their lives.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

(On the Net: DearSCOTUS.com.)