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Texas State Senator Writes Touching Open Letter to His Gay Daughter on Father's Day

Texas state Senator Juan 'Chuy' Hinojosa penned an open letter to his daughter Kris which was published in several Texas media outlets yesterday.

HinojosaHinojosa told Kris that he is committed to fighting for full equality and protecting her "and the children of all fathers." He added:

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. You are my daughter — you deserve the same love and acceptance and to share in the same freedoms to marry the person you love.

Here is Senator Hinojosa's full letter:

Dear Kris,

From the moment you breathed life, when you first smiled up at me, I knew how strong the love of a father could be. An unconditional love for such an innocent child that only a father could know. 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.

But as you matured into a strong young woman, I began to realize there were cruelties I could not protect you from — simply because of your sexual orientation. I could not protect you from the discrimination, ignorance or hate.

I knew that we discriminated in our country against women until they were given the right to vote. We discriminate, and often continue to do so, against African-Americans, those of Jewish decent, and Hispanics. However, I was unprepared for the discrimination you would experience for being gay.

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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, 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. You are my daughter — you deserve the same love and acceptance and to share in the same freedoms to marry the person you love.

As a society, we should not tolerate acts of discrimination, hate or violence for any reason. We are all equals. I remain committed to the cause of equality and most importantly in fighting to protect you and the children of all fathers. All men and women should have the freedom to choose their partner.

As you are all grown up now, you will still always be my little girl. I am very proud of you. I hope one day that you, too, can experience the love for a child. And I hope one day that your children will live in a world where they will not need protection for wanting to marry who they love.

With love, Dad

State Sen. Juan ‘Chuy’ Hinojosa represents Texas’ District 20, which includes McAllen.

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  1. Bien escrito Sr. Hinojosa! Su hija es muy afortunada de tener un padre como el senador.

    Posted by: Jonty Coppersmith | Jun 16, 2014 8:49:17 AM


  2. That was really beautiful. What a lucky woman his daughter is to have such a supportive father.

    Posted by: Kieran | Jun 16, 2014 8:54:15 AM


  3. Now we know that Senator Hinojosa is a Democrat and a loving father. Seems like a good man to me.

    Posted by: Steve Rider | Jun 16, 2014 8:57:49 AM


  4. That's the difference between Democrats and Republican politicians from Texas. It's called love!

    Posted by: jerry pritikin the Bleacher Preacher | Jun 16, 2014 9:01:31 AM


  5. Awwww.

    Posted by: Rowan | Jun 16, 2014 11:39:52 AM


  6. BEAUTIFUL

    Posted by: CMARTini | Jun 16, 2014 12:23:18 PM


  7. My new hero!

    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | Jun 16, 2014 1:25:10 PM


  8. With a heart as big as Texas!

    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | Jun 16, 2014 1:25:38 PM


  9. I would argue that women struggle for equality even after having won the right to vote; and it never comes off right comparing accepting gay people to accepting people with disabilities (or alcoholics, murderers, etc.) I think his logic would appeal to those most struggling with accepting gay people ("I guess you're right; I can't blame my kids for their faults, no matter how heinous.") but it's not the most enlightened thing to say. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt, though, since the gesture was very sweet and everything else he says is beyond reproach.

    Posted by: ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ | Jun 16, 2014 4:17:38 PM


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