This must be the week for father and son letters. We already cried over the Daddy Blogger's letter to his hypothetical gay son, and now Huff Po's brought another letter—this time from son to father—to our attention.
It's a gay man's plea to his Republican father not to vote for Mitt Romney, who openly opposes marriage equality and has stated his support for a Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
Check it out after the jump!
The Huffington Post provided an excerpt of the letter (via Reddit):
Reddit user, Francophile writes to his father:
"Since coming out to you and mom nineteen years ago, I’ve watched you vote for the Republican candidates in every major race. Save for the occasional mealtime argument or sarcastic Fox News barb, I’ve held my tongue, despite the hurt and anger that came from watching you vote for a party that has made a sport out of demonizing gay and lesbian people, like me, for political gain. I did so because I never had a solid enough argument that the Democratic Party was wholly different. They often stopped short of institutionalizing discrimination of gays, but were sadly lax on standing on principle and advocating for its eradication. Until now."
We'd strongly suggest reading the full letter here.
As for how Francophile's father responded to his plea?
His father replied, in part, saying: "I will honor your request because you are my son and I love you. I do support the democratic position on gay marriage...I hope this is a position that they really stand for and not just a political statement for votes."
It looks like having the guts to have the discussion can make all the difference (no matter your voting preferences).