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article imagePhoto: Obama replies 10-year-old pen pal with same-sex parents

Sophia Bailey-Klugh, 10, may not have been surprised when she did not get a response to her letter asking Obama to dinner. But she must have been surprised when he replied a second letter thanking him for taking a stance in favor of same-sex marriage.
Sophia, who lives in San Diego, Calif., has two male same-sex parents.
One of her parents, Jonathan Bailey, posted the letter Sophia wrote Obama to Facebook on October 28. He claimed that Sophia wrote the letter "unprompted." According to Bailey, Sophia's letter made her parents "so unbelievably proud."
She wrote the letter to thank the president for having "evolved" in his position on the issue of same-sex marriage.
CNN reports the 10-year-old wrote: "Dear Barack Obama. 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 dad and they love each other."
Sophia Bailey-Klugh s letter to Obama
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Sophia Bailey-Klugh's letter to Obama
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Sophia wrote about her experience at school as a child with same-sex parents. She said that other kids at her school say that her parents' same-sex marriage is "gross and weird." She wrote: "It really hurts my heart and feelings, so I come to you because you are my hero. " She asked for advice on how to respond to the kids at school whose comments about her parents hurt her feelings.
She ended her letter: "I hope you win on being the president. You would totally make the world a better place... Please tell your daughters hi for me!"
Sophia included in her letter, a drawing of her same-sex parents kissing with the word "love" written above.
 I love my Gay dad  pin
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"I love my Gay dad" pin
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CNN reports that a week later, Sophia received a letter from Obama dated November 1, a few days before the presidential election. Bailey posted Obama's reply and Sophia's original letter to Facebook. The president's reply read:
"Thank you for writing me such a thoughtful letter about your family. Reading it made me proud to be your president and even more hopeful about the future of our nation.
"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."
Obama advised Sophia to remind the kids at her school about the "Golden Rule." He wrote: "A good rule is to treat others the way you hope they will treat you.
"Thanks again for taking the time to write me. I'm sorry I couldn't make it to dinner, but I'll be sure to tell Sasha and Malia you say hello."
CNN reports that Bailey thanked the president when he posted the letter to Facebook: "Thank you Barack Obama -- you have made one 10-year old feel mighty special (and her two dads too)."
Digital Journal reported in May that soon after North Carolina voters approved a same-sex marriage ban in their state constitution, Obama, in an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America," declared his support for same-sex marriage and raised the political stakes in an issue voters were roughly evenly divided.
According to Digital Journal, Obama said: "... over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors... [and] when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships... when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting... I... concluded... it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married."
CNN Exit Polls from Election Day showed that 49% of voters agreed that same-sex marriage should be legal, while 46% disagreed.
CNN reports that Obama overwhelming won the support of the LGBT community, even though Romney had said he supported domestic partnership rights and favored the right for a gay couple to adopt children, but opposed same-sex marriage and civil unions,
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