• Thu, Dec 1 2011

‘Two Lesbians Raised A Baby And This Is What They Got’ Video Goes Viral

zach wahls lesbian moms gay rightsOver the past few days, at least 20 or so Facebook friends have posted a video on their wall titled “Two Lesbians Raised A Baby And This Is What They Got.” I anxiously clicked on to see what all the fuss was about and ended up watching a three-minute speech by Zach Wahls, a 19-year-old University of Iowa student who was raised by two moms.

Turns out the video was posted on YouTube in February, when Wahls spoke at a public forum to oppose a House Joint Resolution that would ban same-sex marriage and civil unions. Wahls was praised back then for speaking so eloquently and passionately about a subject so close to his heart, and the video has once again gone viral thanks to Wahls’ Wednesday night appearance on social media site Reddit. (He discussed his experience on the site’s popular “Ask Me Anything” section.)

The video has been such a hit not just because of the topic but also because it’s rare to watch someone so young  stand before the senate like that and express his views so matter-of-factly and in such a composed yet totally endearing way. This kid is an amazing public speaker and countless comments on both Facebook and YouTube have fans insisting he run for public office. (Most can hardly believe he’s just 19 years old.) [tagbox tag="same-sex marriage"]

Wahls, now 20, tells how both he and his younger sister were conceived via the same anonymous sperm donor, and how his mothers legally wed in 2009 after the Iowa Supreme Court legalized gay marriage.

“I guess the point is our family really isn’t so different from any other Iowa family,” he tells the legislative panel. “We go to church together, we eat dinner, we go on vacations. But, you know, we have our hard times too.”

Wahls then goes on to say that as a student at the University of Iowa, the topic of same sex marriages comes up often in classroom discussions. He explains:

“The question always comes down to, well, ‘Can gays even raise kids?’” he says. “The conversation gets quiet for a moment because most people don’t really have any answer. And then I raise my hand and say, ‘Actually, I was raised by a gay couple, and I’m doing pretty well.’

I scored in the 99th percentile on the ACT. I’m actually an Eagle Scout. I own and operate my own small business. If I was your son, Mr. Chairman, I believe I’d make you very proud.”

The most powerful part is towards the end, when Wahls says many people believe that having gay parents is damaging on kids. “But in my 19 years, not once have I ever been confronted by an individual who realized independently that I was raised by a gay couple,” he says. “And you know why? Because the sexual orientation of my parents has had zero effect on the content of my character.”

Check out the video below and see for yourself how persuasive, likable and well-spoken Wahls is. According to reports, he’s busy working on a book tentatively titled “My Two Moms: Everything I Needed to Know About Gay Marriage I Learned in Boy Scouts.”

(Photo: Reddit.com)

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  • Cee

    This is the kind of son I hope my wife and I raise. Although, I would be highly disappointed if this is being debated twenty years from now…

  • Zelma Hunter

    This is kid (sorry: Astute Young Man)is who we should have running for President! I know that I would vote for him, because finally, someone has opened their eyes to see what family really is. I could only wish my daughter was half as bright as this young man and she is about to be 25 and don’t have a clue and she was raised by heterosexual non-married people!! I think that the community (especially the lgbt) should adopt is final words, “The sexual orientation of my parents has had zero effect on the content of my character”, as a bumper sticker, slogan and stand to finally silence those who think that they know how the rest of us American’s (whatever that is nowadays) feel. Normalcy is what you make it. (I would like to be in on the ground floor of the bumper sticker craze as my two cents could actually get it started!!! ) LOL

  • Audrey

    It makes me so proud to see this young man express so concisely and convincingly what many think but cannot express themselves. Zach Wahls actually is from the same town as I live in and graduated from my high school, and I was fortunate enough to be able to meet him last year (it was incredible). We are lucky to have such amazing young men like him in the world.

  • Jack Of All Trades

    This young man is inspiring. I live in the state of Iowa myself, so to see this young man standing up to state as he did is very admirable. I wish there were more people like him running our country.

  • Yale Cohn

    Here’s our interview with Zach about how his life has changed after this speech thrust him into the public eye, what it was like growing up with two mothers, what led him to decide to go and speak before the House of Representatives, and what other young people can do to fight for equality and speak out against intolerance.

    http://patv.tv/blog/2011/04/06/talking-with-yale-cohn-with-zach-wahls/

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