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