Zach Wahls at the DNC: What It’s Like Having Lesbian Parents

Jim Burroway

September 7th, 2012

Zach Wahls addressed the Democratic National Convention on the final night.

Funny, that’s not what the Republican Platform said it was like.

Thank you, Charlotte. My name is Zach Wahls.

I’m a sixth-generation Iowan, an Eagle Scout, and I was raised by my two moms, Jackie and Terry.

Now, people always want to know what it’s like having lesbian parents. So I’ll let you in on a secret: I’m awesome at putting the seat down. Otherwise, we’re like any other family. We eat dinner, we go to church, we have chores. But some people don’t see it that way. When I was 12, watching the 2004 Republican convention, I remember politicians talking about protecting marriage from families like mine.

Now, supporting a view of marriage as between a man and woman isn’t radical. For many people, it’s a matter of faith. We respect that. Watching that convention on TV, though, I felt confused, frustrated. Why didn’t they think my family was a real family?

Governor Romney says he’s against same-sex marriage because every child deserves a mother and a father. I think every child deserves a family as loving and committed as mine. Because 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. Mr. Romney, my family is just as real as yours.

President Obama understands that. He supports my moms’ marriage. President Obama put his political future on the line to do what was right. Without his leadership, we wouldn’t be here. President Obama is fighting for our families… all of our families. He has our backs. And ladies and gentlemen, We Have His.

Thank you, Charlotte. And thank you, President Obama.

Hunter

September 7th, 2012

That kid’s going to be president some day.

Regan DuCasse

September 7th, 2012

Hunter, once Zach Wahls is 35 years old, he should definitely run for POTUS.

So, I totally agree with you. He’s got my vote already!

Mark F.

September 7th, 2012

No word from Zach about the children killed overseas by Obama’s drones or troops. No word about the children whose fathers are in jail because of the war on drugs, or the children caught up in government caused drug related violence. No word about the many children who have been deported from the United States along with their parents.

Who here disagrees that the GOP platform is horrible re: gay rights? We know it is.

But I’m not a single issue voter. Gary Johnson for President because he is running on the best overall platform.

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