Today I came across a heartwarming story (dated November 1, 2012) about a little girl who wrote a letter to the president. Her name is Sophia and she wrote to tell President Obama about her two dads. She introduces herself as, "...your friend who invited you to dinner," and goes on to say, "...I am so glad you agree that two men can love each other because I have two dads and they love each other." She says that her classmates think that it's gross that she has two dads. And since President Obama didn't respond to her dinner invitation, you can only imagine her surprise when he wrote a response to this letter.
In his letter he states, "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," and, "You are very fortunate to have two parents who care deeply for you. They are lucky to have such an exceptional daughter in you." Notice, though, he does not say that her two dads will soon be treated the same as all loving couples across the U.S. of A. He says that what is most important is the love of her parents. It's very touching--and to some extent, spot on about love mattering most--but, taking into account the heated debate over marriage rights, I hope more comes of this than just a letter getting posted to Facebook. I worry that nothing will come of this. Yes, this does bode well for the future of the United States, but there is something about this exchange that leaves me wanting more. The first thing that came to mind upon reading both Sophia's and President Obama's letters was another famous exchange between a little girl and a man she held in high regard. Because, while the "Yes, Virginia" letter did a great thing for that little girl, and warmed the hearts of many readers, it was still apparent to any reader above a certain age that the editor was, to some extent, lying to Virginia in order to ease her mind. My hope is that, unlike an editor's attempt at alleviating a girl's fears of a world with no Santa Claus, our POTUS decides to back this with all his power. So please, Mr. President, keep fighting.