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04/01/2013 10:32 am ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

Jack Montgomery, Gay Husband And Father, Pens Open Letter To Supreme Court On DOMA (VIDEO)

A gay father's poignant open letter to the U.S. Supreme Court is making the blogosphere rounds.

Jack Montgomery, who has adopted three children from Washington D.C.'s foster care system with his husband Kelly Vielmo, asks the Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to "consider the lens and point of view of one individual family" the eventual rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Prop 8 will affect.

"Being an inter-racial, same-sex family we are used to being conspicuous and sometimes the center of attention on a local level depending on where we happen to be," Montgomery notes in the letter and accompanying video. "With the cases being heard in the Supreme Court this week our family is now on debate at the national level."

Of 6-year-old Cardel, 4-year-old Raine and Ravyn, 3, he adds:

"When our children arrived we welcomed a five-year-old who was not potty trained, a two-year-old who was withdrawn, and an almost two-year-old who never learned to walk. Please understand that there were no biological impediments to the development of these children. Their situation was entirely brought on by deleterious parenting. Since their arrival our children quickly graduated from the need of any additional services to include physical, speech, and play therapy."

He then notes:

"I am not naive enough to think that any verdict of your court will change the opinions or hearts of the individuals we encounter on a daily basis. I accept that the stares our family receives walking down the street on a daily basis elicits both judgment and inspiration. What I do not accept is that the United States of America is willing to devalue my childrens’ family more than others and have a separate grouping of laws and benefits."

Read the open letter in full here.

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