Texas State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, a Democrat from Corpus Christi, used Father's Day to release an open letter in support of his gay daughter, Kris.

In his “Father's Day letter to my daughter,” Hinojosa said he found out “how strong the love of a father could be” the moment his daughter “breathed life.”

“An unconditional love for such an innocent child that only a father could know,” he wrote. “As you began to grow, I hoped for a safe environment for you and wanted to protect you from the harsh realities of this unjust world.”

“As your journey into adulthood revealed that you are gay, it made no difference to me. You are still my daughter. You did not change. I will always love and support you unconditionally. Fathers love their children who have physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities, or are multi-ethnic. There are all kinds of children. A father's love is without end. Why would sexual orientation change anything?”

“I know you have encountered many challenges and struggles because of your sexuality, but I also know that my love has given you strength and courage. Views are changing as people begin to accept and understand that same-sex couples are part of our communities, culture and country. They live in our communities, work in our communities, attend church in our communities, and volunteer for our military where they fight for our freedom and liberty. They are our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, and colleagues and friends. Same-sex couples should be allowed the freedom to marry one another and be treated with dignity and respect.”

“It saddens me to know that you live your life in a society that views you as 'different,' or as someone who should not enjoy the same basic rights as a straight person does. You are my daughter – you deserve the same love and acceptance and to share in the same freedoms to marry the person you love,” he added.

Last year, Hinojosa sponsored a civil unions bill that was defeated.