Zach Wahls was on the Jon Stewart show last night speaking about his new book “My Two Moms.” (See a clip of his interview-at the end of the video-here) Now, I admit I am a little partial toward this guy for very biased reasons. 1. He is an Iowan (Go Iowa!!!). 2. He is a Hawkeye. (Love my Hawks!) But the most important reason: He stood up for equality in front of the Iowa House Judiciary Committee in 2011 and has been positively contributing to the conversation on marriage equality ever since.
Zach Wahls speech to the Iowa House Judiciary Committee in 2011
Zach was raised by two women. These two women are gay. When Iowa legislators pushed to write discrimination into law by defining marriage as between one man and one woman after gay marriage was legalized in Iowa, Zach Wahls stood up in court to defend his Moms’ rights to be married by law. Addressing how kids raised by gay parents are perceived to be at a disadvantage, Wahls illustrated very clearly how these concerns were illegitimate and unfounded. He is an Engineering student at the University of Iowa (a very tough program), he was an Eagle scout, and he scored in the 99th percentile on his ACTs. By all accounts he is a kind and wonderful person with great values and a good heart. He is definitely one hell of a public speaker. I’d say he’s turned out pretty good – better than many kids who were products of heterosexual parenting households.
Wahls wrote a book to tell the story of how “boring” his upbringing was despite being raised by two women. (Great idea, no?) I haven’t bought his book yet, but reading the preview pages on Amazon gave me chills. His speech in 2011 has repeatedly brought tears to my eyes, so I have no doubt this book will do the same.
You might not agree with my perspective, but nevertheless I hope you will watch these videos, buy his book, check out his website, and -if so inclined-support him on his journey to help the families affected by discriminatory legislation. These people deserve the legal protections (some 1200 of them) that heterosexual couples like myself have. I hope you will agree with me.
Zach Wahls on Ellen after his heartfelt speech to the Iowa legislature.