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GOP Lawmaker Backtracks on Anti-Gay Law After His Daughter Shamed Him Online

"I cannot condone your cruel actions."

Kansas state representative Ron Highland announced Monday that he would be withdrawing his support for an anti-gay bill after his daughter publicly shamed him in a letter posted to Facebook.

“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,” Highland said in a statement to The Wamego Times, adding that, “I have asked for my name to be removed from the bill.”

The Republican was one of seven lawmakers to sponsor the Marriage and Constitution Restoration Act. The bill, which was introduced on February 14, classifies same-sex marriages as “parody marriages” and argues that they’re unconstitutional. It would also remove current policies that protect the LGBTQ community.

When she discovered that her dad had signed the bill that one advocacy group told NBC was “the most vile legislation in the state’s history,” daughter Christel Highland wrote a scathing letter to her father demanding that not only he withdraw his support but that he apologize.

She then shared the letter on February 20 on her public Facebook page.

“Hate has no place in public policy,” Christel wrote. “I respectfully request an apology on behalf of my family and beloved friends that this cruel attempt at legislation impacts… I beg that you show yourself to be the honorable man I’ve always known you to be.”

Highland’s daughter concluded the letter by saying, “Legislation which reeks of utter disrespect toward anyone, actively striving to make the lives of others more difficult, is beneath you… I cannot condone your cruel actions. Shame on you.”

Now Christel is praising her dad for taking note—and taking action. She told The Washington Post, “It took strength to do what my father did, and I’m proud of him for setting an excellent example… of what is possible if we work together toward good with love in our hearts.”

This has been a strange and difficult week indeed.My name is Christel Highland, and my Father, Representative Ron…

Posted by Christel Highland on Wednesday, February 20, 2019