Zach Wahls is just 19 years old. But he's one of the smartest Americans living. Why? Well, he's an Eagle Scout, owns his own small business, and he's an engineering student at the University of Iowa. The kind of kid any mom could be proud of. Only Wahls has two.
Two moms that is. Yes, his moms are lesbians, and along with his younger sister, they're all living in a state that became the third in the nation to OK same sex marriage back in 2009. But now Iowa is trying to tell Zach Wahls that his moms are not good enough. Only Zach Wahls, the 19-year-old Eagle Scout college student, knows better than anyone in America, it seems, what makes a good parent.
Standing in front of the Iowa Legislature this week, the sixth-generation Iowan made the one point that settles not just the fight over gay parenting, but any of the mommy wars.
Over the next 2 hours, I’m sure we’re going to hear plenty of testimony about how damaging having gay parents is 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. And you know why? Because the sexual orientation of my parents has had zero effect on the content of my character.
Actually, hold on, it sounds better out of his mouth:
That's right, Zach, when a kid walks down the street at 19, no one can tell if they had two moms, two dads, a single mom, a single dad, or grandparents raising them. No one can tell if they were breastfed. If they cried it out. If they used a binky until age 6. If they ate solids at 4 or 6 months. If they were spanked or not spanked. Vaxed or not vaxed. I could go on, but I think you get the picture.
It's important to provide parents with ample education to make good choices, and there are some clear lines in the sand here. Murderous pedophile parents are not good parents. But child abusing morons still -- fortunately -- make up a rather small sector of American parents. The rest are simply people who love their kids and are trying their best.
That's what makes a family, what makes a good mom. Love and trying your best. "The sense of family comes from the commitment we make to each other," as Wahls said to the Legislature. "It comes from the love that binds us."
If Iowa votes to overturn same sex couples' rights to form families, they aren't just voting against homosexuality. They're striking out against what binds all American moms to their kids: love. If a 19-year-old kid knows that, why don't the Iowa legislators?
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