Zach Wahls, a 19-year-old student from the University of Iowa, speaks before the Iowa House of Representatives about growing up with two mothers – and how the sexual orientation of his parents made not one bit of a difference to the way he and his sister turned out as adults. Worth watching:
“Actually, I was raised by a gay couple and I’m doing pretty well… My family isn’t so different from yours. After all, your family doesn’t derive its sense of worth from being told by the state: ‘You’re married, congratulations!’ No. The sense of family comes from the commitment we make to each other — to work through the hard times so we can enjoy the good ones. It comes from the love that binds us. That’s what makes a family. So what you’re voting on is not going to change us.”
Same-sex marriage became legal in Iowa in 2009 after a state Supreme Court decision. When the republicans took back the lower house of the state legislature in November of 2010, they introduced a bill that would place a ban on gay marriage in the state constitution. The bill passed the state house, but democrats in the state senate have vowed to block its passage.
Five states (Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire), plus the District of Columbia, have full marriage equality at present. Five more states (California, Maryland, New Mexico, New York, and Rhode Island) recognise gay marriages performed in other jurisdictions, but do not themselves allow such unions.
(hat tip: Scott Hall, for originally posting this on Facebook)