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'She Is Not Our Property': Dad Walks Daughter Down The Aisle, But Refuses To Give Her Away

25/11/2014 17:21 GMT | Updated 25/11/2014 17:59 GMT

An Illinois man walked his daughter down the aisle on her wedding day, but in refused to give her away.

Michael L. Connell, a professor of political economy and commerce, said that the Friday night wedding rehearsal went as planned, but when the big day arrived he knew he had to do something different.

When he and his daughter (now-Danellia Vancil) reached the altar, he wanted to say a few words about his daughter

"I wanted to tell her how I felt about her," Connell says in the video above.

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Connell shared what he said at the altar on the Wall Street Journal: “Our daughter is not our property. She is not ours to give. Her mother and I relinquish no claim.

"We retain the right to love her unconditionally. Since birth, a rebellious spirit has burned brightly within this child. God entrusted us to care for her and to nurture that fragile spirit.

"We did not raise our child to give her away, but to set her free. This is the natural next step in that process. We embrace her right to choose and we fully support her choice.

"Today our great task has been accomplished. Her great task lies before her. For this task, we are here to seek God’s blessing.”

Talk about adorable.