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Gay marriage is a hot topic, with everyone from politicians to celebrities putting in their two cents over whether gay and lesbian couples should have the right to legally marry. But few of them have spoken as eloquently and sincerely as Zach Wahls, the stand-up son of a lesbian couple -- and man did it make us weepy to hear a son talk about how much he loves his mom(s).
Last Tuesday, the 19-year-old spoke during a public forum in the Iowa House of Representatives, hoping to convince the politicians not to pass a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage and civil unions. His parents, Dr. Terry Wahls and Jacqueline Reger, were married after the Iowa Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in 2009.
His three-minute speech has more than 1 million hits on YouTube, and it's easy to see why. Far from a political rant, Wahls lovingly explained that he, his moms and his biological sister are no different than any other family in Iowa. They go to dinner together, attend church together, and deal with their share of fighting and hardship, including Terry’s battle with multiple sclerosis.
Watching Wahls speak about a personal subject with such poise, and in such an articulate and respectful manner, made me want to congratulate his moms on a job well done. Their son didn't acquire those traits on his own; it's obvious he grew up with two parents who loved and nurtured him into the man he is today.
This University of Iowa engineering student is also an Eagle Scout and a small business owner, in case you were wondering. "If I was your son, Mr. Chairman, I believe I would make you very proud," he said. I know I would be.
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