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Watch: 80-Year-Old Iowa Grandma Speaks Out for Marriage Equality


Jean was inspired by 19-year-old Zach Wahls. So she decided to record her own video with the help of her gay son.

"I wasn't always this broad-minded...when our son came out to us in 1980 we were stunned, confused, and angry. We blamed ourselves and wondered what we had done wrong as parents. Years later, after the shock wore off and we saw the life our son had created with his future husband Bob, I realized that he's still my son and that in many ways nothing had changed. I also realized that we had done nothing wrong as parents...

...The actions and words of some affect my son, his husband, my family, and my grandchildren. My son is not an issue. He is a person just like you....I am outraged by the way gay marriage is being used by some to further their own political ambitions."

Go Jean!!!!!!


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  1. Brava Mom!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: dc20008 | Feb 14, 2011 12:14:06 PM

  2. Way to go Grandma!

    Posted by: AladinSane | Feb 14, 2011 12:15:55 PM

  3. I love this video!! Thank you so much Jean!
    What a video! How much love and respect!!

    Posted by: Matt26 | Feb 14, 2011 12:18:37 PM

  4. Brilliant staging, too: In her kitchen.

    Posted by: Perfect | Feb 14, 2011 12:21:02 PM

  5. Thank you, Jean! Can we clone you?

    Posted by: K in VA | Feb 14, 2011 1:09:49 PM

  6. Lovelovelove this.

    Posted by: Craig | Feb 14, 2011 1:19:38 PM

  7. A truly heartfelt message to the people of Iowa. I hope they are listening. Thank you.

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 14, 2011 1:30:49 PM

  8. That was wonderful.

    Posted by: Drew | Feb 14, 2011 1:38:57 PM

  9. that was one of the coolest things ever. Seriously.

    Posted by: Coffee&Chicory | Feb 14, 2011 1:57:17 PM

  10. "That was great, mom." Indeed!

    Posted by: Chris | Feb 14, 2011 2:51:09 PM

  11. WOW! This really warmed my heart. She did not mince words and looked like she was ready to open a can of whoo-a$$ on anyone who dared infringe on her son's rights!

    I also feel encouraged. I came out to my own mom 11 years ago and she hasn't gotten to the place where Jean is, but hearing this story gives me hope that my mom may one day come around too. I've been partnered for 4 years...and it's only a matter of time till she sees how happy we are, just as Jean did with her own son.

    Posted by: redball | Feb 14, 2011 3:25:18 PM

  12. Bravo, Jean. We need more mothers and grandmas like her.

    Posted by: Ernie | Feb 14, 2011 3:46:22 PM

  13. no nonsense touching video.

    Makes me want to sit around a breakfast table chatting with her! She fortunately reminds me of my mom.

    Posted by: Warren | Feb 14, 2011 4:02:44 PM

  14. Wow! We need more voices like this woman.

    Posted by: jaragon | Feb 14, 2011 6:21:38 PM

  15. WOW! So thoughtful and so telling. Thank you Jean, THANK YOU!

    Posted by: RB | Feb 14, 2011 7:11:47 PM

  16. Best line is "A few years later, after the shock wore off" - methinks Jean has a sharp sense of humor when she's not righteously campaigning for equality.

    Posted by: CPT_Doom | Feb 14, 2011 8:35:51 PM

  17. Civil partnership is not the same as marriage. It is different in many ways. Although civil partnership does offer some rights and protections, it is not equality and it does not extend all the same rights to same sex couples as marriage would, including rights in relation to children and other critical rights.

    Marriage Equality has been campaigning since February 2008 for equality for same sex couples, our families and our children.

    We are almost there. But we urgently need your help.

    Posted by: day nit | Oct 20, 2011 3:49:49 AM

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