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Letter: Gay Son Asks Father Not to Vote for Mitt Romney

Post submitted by Eric Cameron, HRC Digital Media Specialist

Following yesterday’s news that support for marriage equality has been included in the Democrat’s draft platform, a Reddit user has publicly posted an appeal to his Republican-voting father, asking him not to support Mitt Romney this fall.

For the first time in our nation’s history, a U.S. President and his party have publicly stated that gays and lesbians are equal citizens and should be such under the law. I know you’re aware that Obama believes gays and lesbians, like me, should have the rights and responsibilities of marriage and that the 2012 Democratic Party Platform will include marriage equality as one of its tenets. … I can’t overstate the power of having my president and his party say to me, and the nation, that I am not less than, but equal to, and validate my inherent right to pursue my life with liberty and unimpeded happiness. Never before has this happened. So, never before have I made the argument that you should vote for the Democrat. But, today’s a new day.

You can read the full letter here, which includes a brief response from the author’s father, stating, “I will honor your request because you are my son and I love you.”

While we’ve seen an inspiring new degree of LGBT inclusion in the Democrat’s draft platform, including support for a fully inclusive ENDA, Mitt Romney’s muddled record on LGBT rights continues to shift further from equality. Learn more about his record at

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