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Iowa teen gives impassioned speech in support of his gay parents

Tuesday, February 1, 2011
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DES MOINES — On Monday evening, Zach Wahls, a 19-year-old University of Iowa student spoke about the strength of his family during a public forum on House Joint Resolution 6, an amendment that seeks to repeal the state’s marriage equality law, and deny any form of legal recognition for gay couples.

“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,” said Wahls, who has two mothers.

“And you know why,” he asked. “Because the sexual orientation of my parents has had zero effect on the content of my character.”

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Earlier today, the Iowa state House passed the amendment, House Joint Resolution 6, by a vote of 62-37.

The measure seeks to prohibit not only same-sex marriage, but also civil unions and domestic partnerships.

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