Obama responds to letter from girl with two dads

So, first there is this totally adorable and moving hand-written letter by 10-year old Sophia Bailey Klugh, who has two dads. (See the hand written letter and drawing below the jump). Sophia explains, “I am so glad that you agree 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.” She then asks, “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?”

And guess what! Obama wrote Sophia back. His advice: “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.”

Can you imagine what Mitt Romney would have written? Especially given his past bullying a gay student. Of course, this isn’t just about Obama being sweet in a letter, or Mitt Romney’s biography. This is about two candidates whose policies on LGBT stand in stark contrast.

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