19-year-old Iowan with gay parents makes the case for marriage equality

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:

Prize quote:

“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)

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2 thoughts on “19-year-old Iowan with gay parents makes the case for marriage equality

  1. America! The communism bursts into your house!
    From “The open letter to the US President, the Congress of the USA and to heart of each congressman and to every Human of the USA from a citizen of former USSR.”
    The protection of a private property is a basis of any modern state. The protection of the private property means protection of the rights of a people for a private property and free business.
    The communistic ideology is based on an annihilation of private property. According to K.Marx and F.Engels, for an annihilation of the private property there is necessary to destroy a family (family relations). That is the annihilation of the marriage, first of all.
    For example, the USSR, has begun marriage annihilation. However, he has not finished this annihilation. Why? The annihilation of private property concerned only the wide group of peasants. However, the annihilation of a family and marriage – it concerned to all! In places where Bolsheviks began marriage annihilations, revolts began. Bolsheviks (communists) had the low prestige at the people, but an annihilation of the marriage was as a powder keg under communism. Therefore, Bolsheviks have decided to make not according to K.Marx. They have legalized the marriage, which by the church have been established. It had confirmed itself and have strengthened the country.
    That communists could not make – to destroy the marriage institute and the system of private property has itself collapsed, now many advanced countries manage to make it, including the USA.
    If the alien body enters into a healthy alive organism the organism may fall ill but when it is a lot of such alien bodies enters into a healthy alive organism, the organism dies.
    Marriage has similar features! An organism of natural marriage between the man and the woman receives an injection by a same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriage legalization will increase the sizes of this injection till the critical sizes at which any marriage will die. The society in sexual relations will be more and more similar to primitive herd. This is primitive communism by F.Engels. But if someone has forgotten, it is necessary to recollect – in the primitive herd, there is no private property, business and the capital. Well, the institution of private property is constructed on the base of marriage, a natural family.
    The countries which accepted legalization of same-sex marriages are already on the way of destruction of private property.
    I very much am surprised how businessmen may quietly look at the possibility of destruction of bases of a private property. You at all do not understand, that you are putting already a powder keg under marriage. The same-sex marriage will make that work which communists could not make – to destroy a private property not by terror, but by destruction of its basis – by destruction of the marriage.
    Some scientists explain, that any sex act removes stress, and than it is the more the better. It is less a tension in a society.
    A truer word was never spoken! The physiology after any sex act has a rest, but sex act without love accumulates not in muscles, but the hatred hides into brains. That hatred which with difficulties by the big work was grown in the people by Bolsheviks. The saved up hatred always is ready spill out through physiology!
    At last, it is conclusions from the letter about than are same-sex marriages for a society and the country:
    • This is cultivation of development of lust in a society in immeasurable scale.
    • This is an inspiration of development of hatred in a society.
    • This is destruction of strength of the country.
    • This is full destruction of the created civilized institute of marriage that there is an achievement of all humanity.
    • This is the catastrophic approach of destruction of a private property and the capital.
    There is the last conclusion: “Who votes for legalization of same-sex marriages, he votes for legalization of these five points”.
    27.01.2011
    The engineer, the philosopher, the writer

  2. Thank you for your comment, random homophobic Ukrainian guy! While I admire the enthusiasm with which you posted your long, rambling comment, your argument makes little sense. Let’s take it quote by quote:

    “According to K.Marx and F.Engels, for an annihilation of the private property there is necessary to destroy a family (family relations). That is the annihilation of the marriage, first of all.”
    – Doesn’t gay marriage reinforce families by allowing people of all sexual orientations to wed?

    “An organism of natural marriage between the man and the woman receives an injection by a same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriage legalization will increase the sizes of this injection till the critical sizes at which any marriage will die.”
    – I’m not sure I understand what you mean by ‘injection’. Do you mean lethal injection? In that case, please, explain how gay people getting married prevents straight people from doing so. Really. Your comment makes little sense.

    “The countries which accepted legalization of same-sex marriages are already on the way of destruction of private property.”
    – Like Holland, that capital of communism? Once again, you make claims without providing proof. Show me one society that has become less capitalist because it legalised same-sex marriage.

    “The physiology after any sex act has a rest, but sex act without love accumulates not in muscles, but the hatred hides into brains.”
    – Are you suggesting that gay people don’t (or can’t) love each other?

    Basically, your comment makes no sense. Gay people are people like anyone else. They love each other like anyone else. Their love is not disgusting or abhorrent – it’s no better or worse than the love between a man and a woman. To suggest that straight people will stop loving each other because gay people can wed is just insane and nonsensical, and it’s nothing more than a lame argument with no factual basis that you’re using to justify your own bigotry.

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