Kid adopted by gay dad writes letter in support of gay marriage
Meet Daniel Martinez-Leffew, a 12-year-old boy from California who wrote a letter to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts urging him strike down Proposition 8.
By Leonora Desar
Meet Daniel Martinez-Leffew, a 12-year-old boy from California who wrote a letter to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts urging him to end the ban on gay marriage and strike down Proposition 8.
In a moving video, Daniel reads aloud from his letter, which talks about how he and his sister Salina were adopted by their two dads when he was 5. Daniel had been told in foster care that he was “unadoptable” because he has Goldenhar syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the whole left side of his body. “I lost my little brother Emilio because some people wanted to adopt him, but they weren’t willing to adopt me because of my medical conditions,” said Daniel as he read aloud from the letter. “Lucky for me, that’s when my two dads came along.”
Daniel goes on to write about how he recently discovered that Roberts adopted a boy and a girl, which reminded him of him and his sister.
“Family means a lot of different things to different people, but some people believe that you have to have the same blood to be a family,” wrote Daniel. “You and I both know that family goes deeper than blood. I was lucky to be adopted by two guys I could both call dad. They give me and my sister so much love.”
Later he adds, “I know you have a tough decision to make with the gay marriage issue, but my family is just as valuable and worthwhile as any other … If Prop 8 is allowed to stand, imagine the pain we would feel knowing that we are not considered equal to everyone else.”
Daniel was inspired to write the letter during a conversation at dinner where he learned that Roberts had two adopted children, reports NBC Latino. Daniel’s dad Bryan Leffew said that the family had been talking about how John Eastman, the leader of the National Organization for Marriage, had called Roberts' decision to adopt “a second-best option.”
“Something just hit home for Daniel and he decided to write the letter,” Leffew told NBC Latino. “It took him about a day to write. We went through and read what he wrote and were blown away.
“The best thing would be for people to realize that two people of the same sex is not something that’s scary,” Leffew told NBC Latino. “It’s two people falling in love, which a lot of people do every day. We want people to see that our kids will grow and thrive just like everybody else’s kids do.”
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Anybody knows that if you want to get to someone's heart just do something for their child. In this case you got a 12 year old kid telling the Judge how his own home/children reminds him of his. Then flips it up on the Judge with a verbal crowbar about how if the Judge don't vote for gay marriage that his poor butt is going to have his feelings hurt.
Do ya think these two children will ever have any moral bearings? If they do it sure won't be from daddy & daddy. News flash to be a Father you first have to fertilize the egg of a woman and create life where there was none. I guess that isn't working out to well for the gays.
Becoming a legal guardian does not make someone a Father. Ask most step-children who there Father is and in most cases they are not going to point to the step-parent. My Son's & Daughter's love me very much and we are very close. I consider myself to be one of the best Father's there are, but I have never seen a Father yet that can take the place of a child's mother, nor can any Mother take the place of a good Father.
God created us and do ya think that just maybe he knows how things ought to be? But just like Jesus said that in the last days this would be one of the major signs. No respect for marriage whether gay or straight.
You can be as irreverent as you want to be toward Jesus Christ and God but everyone is going to have his or her day in his court and stand before him. Then every knee will bow and every tongue will confess the Jesus Christ is Lord.
I have never hurt a gay person in my life not even with a word nor do I agree with anyone hurting them, but that doesn't mean that the children of this world should be taught in our schools that it's all good. I hope the Holy Spirit will convict those of you who are so proud and think that you don't need the very God that created you and then proved his love for you by sending his Son Jesus Christ to be a sacrifice for your sins.
Look at our Country now and look back and see how the morals of our society have declined. Now Christians cannot speak of Jesus because his very name and the cross that he suffered and died on offends them. Yet people can call our daughter's every filthy word, they can play music that you can hear a block away cruising down our streets with such filth and it is all programming the attitudes of our youth.
I would bet any amount of money that the two children adopted in this case were adopted in the past with the intent to fight prop 8. There is a God and there is a devil and Satan is not playing a game with your lives', he is the mastermind that inspires and guide's the hearts of evil men and women who like him have a spirit of pride which gives birth to rebellion.
YOU GO, Daniel! I'm sure your dads are bursting with pride -- and rightfully so.
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