You might tear up when you watch Zach Wahls speak about how he’s doing pretty well, thank you very much, despite having two moms who are married:
“If I was your son, Mr. Chairman, I believe I would make you very proud,” Wahls confidently testified.
“I’m not really so different from any of your children. My family really 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 here isn’t to change us. It’s not to change our families. It’s to change how the law views us. How the law treats us,” he added.
“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. And you know why? Because the sexual orientation of my parents has had zero affect on the content of my character.”
It’s infuriating that, hours after hearing that testimony, the Iowa House of Representatives voted 62-37 to approve a constitutional amendment that would overturn marriage equality.
Hopefully, the Iowa Senate won’t let that stand.
In the meantime, Christians everywhere should have to defend their decision to remain part of any church that would discriminate against Zach’s parents like this — and explain how Zach’s family is hurting marriage in the state of Iowa.
What a sad state of affairs when Zach’s parents could lose official state recognition for being in love, but the Republicans (and a few Democrats) in the Iowa House can get married and divorced as many times as they want without any problems at all.