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“How is my daughter a pervert just because she’s gay?”

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“Somebody had to speak up and if it’s to no avail, so be it,” Mathis said of his decision to show up at the rally.

"Somebody had to speak up and if it's to no avail, so be it," Mathis said of his decision to show up at the rally.

Mathis has some political experience himself, having served in the Alabama House of Representatives as a Democrat from 1982 through 1994.

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Many on Twitter praised the father’s bravery in speaking out on such a personal topic.

Many on Twitter praised the father's bravery in speaking out on such a personal topic.

Twitter: @VaughnHillyard

Twitter: @vaughnhillyard

Others even shared stories of their own children coming out of the closet to them:

Others even shared stories of their own children coming out of the closet to them:

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Voters in Alabama will decide between Republican candidate Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones today.

Voters in Alabama will decide between Republican candidate Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones today.

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