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Son of 2 Moms Lectures Iowa Lawmakers
Zach Wahls argues against amendment to ban same-sex marriage
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2011 1:28 PM CST
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(Newser) – Zach Wahls began his speech to state lawmakers simply: "I'm a sixth-generation Iowan and an engineering student at the University of Iowa, and I was raised by two women." He moves on to a passionate defense of his family—it "isn't so different than any other Iowa family"—and his upbringing—"If I was your son, Mr. Chairman, I believe I'd make you very proud"—in arguing against an amendment to ban same-sex marriage in the state, notes BoingBoing.

"You are voting for the first time in the history of our state to codify discrimination," he says at one point. (It looks like the measure is dead in the water in this session, notes the Des Moines Register.)

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Dec 1, 2011 3:05 PM CST
This video has been big in Australia the last few days because one state, Queensland, has just passed the Civil Partnership Act, allowing same sex civil unions to be recognised under the law. http;//
Feb 3, 2011 4:03 PM CST
Very well said! A kid raised by a heterosexual couple isn't gonna turn out perfect. A kid can have a mom and a dad and still turn out to be a screw up. It may not be as often(based on whatever stats they come up with) but it happens
Feb 3, 2011 10:14 AM CST
For anyone who is interested Zach Wahls and his Mom will be on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC at 8pm 2/3/11 .