Yesterday we had a very disappointing day in North Carolina. When your dad and I had "We Voted!" stickers last week, we talked with you about the upcoming vote. When we told you people were voting to make it even more illegal (because it is already illegal) for boys to marry boys and girls to marry girls, your sweet beautiful almost 6 year old minds were shocked and upset.
I refuse to say anything hateful or negative about the outcome. We are a family who believes in love. We are a family that believes that if you want a pink water bottle, you can have a pink water bottle. We believe you can wear jewelry, wear barrettes in your hair, and paint your nails fire engine red if that is what you want to do.... no matter what anyone says. We believe you are perfect just the way you are.
If you figure out one day you are gay, you are safe here. You will have gay friends at school. You have gay relatives. Members of our church are gay. We have gay friends. I want all of these people... and you two... to know you are safe here because we believe in love. We believe you were born beautiful just the way you are.
We believe you are PERFECT just the way you are.
On days like this, it will be hard to be positive. When you experience moments like this, I want you to remember the wise words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr:
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
We have many hopes for our future, but fundamentally, we hope that your hearts are full of love and that you put that out into the world. We hope that you love people as they are. We hope that you believe people are perfect as they are. With so much love, there is no room for hate.
Growing up in the South, you will learn much about the Bible and we hope you hold John 13:34 close to your hearts:
"A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."
Your crazy hippie parents