A young adoptee shares his thoughts on the upcoming Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in a letter to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, says a March 18 news story on AmericaBlog.com. After learning that Justice Roberts is himself an adoptive father to two children, 12-year-old Daniel Martinez-Leffew was compelled to send a letter expressing his feelings. With the help of one of his fathers, Daniel also made a YouTube video of himself reading the letter.
Daniel and his younger sister were adopted by their two dads. Daniel was five at the time of his adoption and had spent time in the foster care system prior to finding his forever family. The family lives in California, so the upcoming ruling on DOMA, also known as Prop 8, hits very close to home for them. When Daniel learned that Roberts was an adoptive parent, he drew some comparisons with his own family.
"Family means a lot of different things to different people, but some people believe you have to have the same blood to be a family," says Daniel in the video of himself reading the letter to Justice Roberts. "You and I both know that family goes deeper than blood."
Daniel urges Justice Roberts to see the normalcy and love of his family, and poignantly asks him not to take away their rights.
"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," says Daniel.