Kansas Republican lawmaker Ron Highland has withdrawn his support of anti-gay bill after his daughter shamed him in an open letter posted online.
Highland (pictured) was one of six Republican co-sponsors of the anti-gay Marriage and Constitution Restoration Act, which refers to same-sex marriages as “parody marriages” that the state should not legally recognise, NBC News reported.
The bill also classifies legal protections for members of the LGBTQ community as “the greatest sham since the inception of American jurisprudence.”
But Highland’s daughter Christel, who describes herself as a “proud member of Kansas city’s LGBTQ+ community”, publicly rebuked her father for backing the legislation in an open letter.
“Further isolating the marginalized among the population you serve is far from your duty,” Christel wrote.
“Hate has no place in public policy.
“I respectfully request an apology on behalf of my family and beloved friends that this cruel attempt at legislation impacts.
“Legislation which reeks of utter disrespect toward anyone, actively striving to make the lives of other more difficult is beneath you.
“I love you, I always will, in spite of your flaws. I cannot, however, condone your cruel actions. Shame on you.”
In response, the Kansas representative told local newspaper The Wamego Times he would remove his name from the bill and admitted endorsing it was a mistake.
“The bill that I should not have signed on to cosponsor contained some hateful language which I do not condone, and it is against our Lord’s command to love our neighbors,” he said.
“I have asked for my name to be removed from the bill. The process for doing so is in motion.
“I trusted the author of the bill who is my office mate and signed on to several of his bills. Knowing that some of them were really important, I trusted that they all were, and that was not the case.
“I must admit it was a mistake, and apologise.”
After Ron Highland’s withdrawal of support for the bill, Christel praised her father’s decision and wrote on Facebook she will have to write another letter to him.
“I felt proud of him for stating what feels overwhelmingly overlooked right now — that we are here to love and support one another,” she said.
“We are better than this.”