Dear President Obama:
I write to you today not as a Democrat, nor as the Chair of the Gaston County Democratic party, but I write to you as a proud man and Gay American.
I am proud of my Country for electing a man who has the courage and vision to decree that all men and women are created equal including those who are members of the LGBT community.
I am proud to have worked to reelect a statesman who puts politics aside to announce that the ability to love one another regardless of who that might be is greater than the philosophical and ideological debates on this issue that have divided this great nation.
I am also humbled. Humbled that this 42 year old man may not have to fight for equality the rest of my life, but through the careful eye of justice and affirming words of my President the tide of bigotry and hatred are shifting into a wave of love and mutual respect.
As a child I knew I was different. As a teen I struggled with the knowledge that I was less than human due to the simple fact that I was gay. And as a young adult I wore the battle scars of inner turmoil and outer strife much for the world to see. I was beaten down but not defeated. I was oppressed but not deterred and I was ridiculed but not forgotten.
Now as a 42 year old man I can say that I am free. I am free to be who God intended me to be. I am Free to love without the cruel intentions of those who do not understand. I am free to shout from the highest mountain top that I am loved, I am accepted and I am gay.
Mr. President, your words and actions over the past 4 years concerning LGBT equality have opened up the doors of acceptance and begun to close the door on discrimination. You have advanced love over hate and have made countless Gay Lesbian, bisexual and transgendered men and women proud to be Americans, empowered to embrace their sexuality and emboldened to seek a place at the table of American equality.
Thank you once again for finally having the courage that countless leaders before you failed to demonstrate. Because of your words and your actions millions of LGBT souls will no longer hide in the shadow, cry in the darkness or die alone. You are not only my President but you are my hero.
Thank you Mr. President and God bless you and God bless the United States of America.
Robert J. Kellogg
Proud gay American
Chairman, Gaston County Democratic Party