Dear Mitt Romney, please give us gay rights, asks boy aged 12

A Colorado boy has written a letter slamming the Republican presidential nominee on his views on health and gay rights

Dear Mitt Romney, please give us gay rights, asks boy aged 12
19 September 2012

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is about to get a strongly-worded letter from a concerned boy.

Jackson Ripley, 12, was watching political news coverage with his mom about health care, and asked questions concerned for his sister, aged 7, who has a life-threatening medical condition.

Shortly after sister Kennedy was born, she developed a hemangioma – an abnormal, raised tumor of blood vessels.

His mother Lindsay encouraged Ripley to write a letter to the man who would oppose Obama’s universal care. She later passed it to The Huffington Post.

The letter begins: ‘Dear Governor Romney, I’d like to say congratulations on winning the Republican nomination. But, I wish you stayed in Massachusetts.

‘Your plan for America isn’t what we need, and wouldn’t hurt us more than it would help.’

Ripley called out the Republican for his health stance, and especially with regard to patients with pre-existing conditions.

He also slammed the politician for his social conservative beliefs.

‘Your domestic plans (birth control, gay rights etc) are horrible!,’ he said. ‘Women should get to manage their own health, and if you wonder why you’re not appealing to many women voters, rethink your birth control and women’s rights plans.

‘And people should be able to marry whoever they want.’

The letter ends: ‘We built this country so people could have freedom, and not have religious beliefs control them to that length.

‘This country was in no way built on any religion, so we should not create laws that repress the American people in a religious way and hurt our most vulnerable.

‘Sincerely,

Jackson Ripley, age 12.’

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Say ‘I Do’ to equal marriage with Stonewall and GSN

Gay Star News and Stonewall today (4 July 2013) join forces to launch an online campaign
No thumbnail available

Minnesota governor signs anti-bullying bill that covers LGBT students

'Nobody in this state or this nation should have to feel bad about themselves for being who they are'
No thumbnail available

Yale hosts Singaporean gay rights movement lecture

Lecture informs debate over America’s most gay-friendly Ivy League university opening a campus in a state where homosexuality is illegal
No thumbnail available

Squatters resurrect iconic London gay venue

The Black Cap is set to reopen its doors for a cabaret night full of 'danger, excitement and inebriation'
No thumbnail available

Johnny Weir gets married!

Olympic skater ties the knot with Victor Voronov over the weekend
No thumbnail available

WWE wrestling veteran Pat Patterson reveals lifelong secret: he is gay

In emotional meeting, the 73 year old tearfully tells fellow wrestling legends he had a partner for 40 years
No thumbnail available

Still family life

Gay Star News talks to the photographer of a series of intimate portraits of families with same-sex parents currently showing in Sydney
No thumbnail available

Alleged gay man jailed in Ghana to save him from a lynch mob

A Ghanaian man who is alleged to have arranged to pay another man for sex had to be put in jail by police so that he could escape an angry mob after the deal went sour
No thumbnail available

‘I wish I were more authentic within the team at BP’

Lord Browne speaks with Maxine Williams, the global head of diversity at Facebook
No thumbnail available