Dear Patrick, I know that you already know everything that I will write here, and that is part of the reason that I have never written this letter. Being the expert and professional writer that you are, I also know that you have an understanding of the power of the written word. It can be repeated over and over without changing, and the author can never claim that is not what he said. Things that you like to hear you can “hear” as many times as you care to read them. And so I wish to make this permanent record.
I will not pretend that I was not disappointed when I learned that you were gay. My disappointment was primarily driven by my belief that you would be forced to endure a life of ridicule and prejudice. I now believe that our society has improved in that regard to the point that you may now even enjoy an advantage in some respects by belonging to a group that has so many wonderful and talented members who stick together and promote each other. Your partner, Mike, is a perfect example! Just like you and so many of your friends and associates, he is smart, polite, mature, industrious, respectful and respectable. You are both valuable citizens of this great country (still with faults, but great none the less), and you deserve the same equal treatment as everyone!
You and I know that our society has a long way to go, and we must continue to publicly denounce prejudice of all kinds. There is no room in our society for any prejudice, including prejudice mandated by the government.
I do not love you because you are gay; I do not love you even though you are Gay; I love you because you are my son and because you are such a wonderful person. - Your Father