A U.S. Supreme Court justice has responded to a North Carolina 11-year-old's request for a court ruling helping her same-sex parents.
The Wilson Times (http://bit.ly/10uEoyk ) reports the return letter from Justice Sonia Sotomayor doesn't comment on any upcoming court cases, but encourages sixth-grader Cameron Myers Milne of Wilson to keep dreaming big.
Cameron wants the court to invalidate the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which Bill Clinton signed in 1996 but now maintains is unconstitutional.
The child wrote to all nine Supreme Court justices after watching President Barack Obama's January inauguration with her lesbian parents, who were married in New York.
Her letter said: "My name is Cameron. I am eleven years old and I am currently in the 6th grade. I am the daughter of Susan and Sheila. I watched President Obama’s inauguration speech today and my parents pointed you out to me. They informed me that although President Obama is leading the fight for my parents to be treated equally, you and the other justices will be making very important decisions in the next few months. I know you are busy, but I hope you have time to read this letter.
"My parents have been together for 26 years. They took me to New York on their 25th anniversary so that they could be legally married. I was so happy for them. They are the best parents a kid could ask for and I love them so much. I would like to see their marriage recognized here in our home state. Please look at our photos and think of us when you make decisions based on gay rights. We are a family. I am very proud of my parents and I hope you understand how your decision will affect my family.
"If you have any concerns about the welfare of kids of gay parents, I can tell you that I am doing great. I am so loved. Everyone I know tells me I am such a lucky kid. My parents are my life. They quiz me before tests and make sure that I am doing well in school. I was the top student in my class last year and have made Headmaster’s List every 6 weeks. I play travel soccer and I am currently trying out for the Olympic Development Program which means they dedicate most of their weekends to traveling all over the state so that I can compete against other teams. I also play tennis. A couple of years ago I collected 200 soccer balls and sent them to Liberia for kids who do not have soccer balls. I have many good friends who love my parents. I have never been teased. I think things are going very well. Thank you for your time."
Sotomayor replied, sending a signed photograph and writing, “I know dreams can come true when you work hard to achieve them. I wish you the joy of dreaming big, working hard and succeeding in all that you do."
The justice also informed Cameron that she can't comment on issues that might come before the court.
"I encourage you, however, to continue to think about the many import issues that impact our society," Sotomayor's letter stated.
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments later this month in a case challenging the federal law, which denies legally married gay and lesbian couples tax, Social Security and other federal benefits available to heterosexual married couples.
The court also will hear oral arguments on a challenge to California's anti-gay constitutional amendment.