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Dozens of same-sex families headed to Washington today to lobby lawmakers as part of the Family Equality Council's push to evolve more politicians toward equality. And one of the participants was none other than Zach Wahls, the Iowa college student whose impassioned defense of his two mothers before Iowa lawmakers last year made him a star.

Today, appearing on CNN, Wahls said that the only way the country can move forward on equality is if we start breaking down far-entrenched barriers between right and left."The fact is that not all people who are opposed to same-sex marriage are bigots or hateful or ignorant," said Wahls, who met with Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley today.

He went on: "Likewise, not all people who support marriage equality are godless, colonizing sodomites. So I think if we can move past some of these stereotypes on both sides, we're able to have this real conversation and understand that at the end of the day, my family isn't looking for some radical change to the law, we're looking for due process and equal protection."

Family Equality Council executive director Jennifer Chrisler remarked to NPR: "The 12 states where [same-sex] couples are most likely to be raising kids are states like Mississippi and Montana and Kentucky and Louisiana. And those are the states that actually have some of the worst policy."

South Carolinian gay couple Tommy Starling and Jeff Littlefield and their daughter, Carrigan, also participated the event, which was planned before President Obama came out for same-sex marriage, and told CNN that they hope seeing so many families would help change some lawmakers' minds.

"Now that we have Carrigan in our lives, people's minds are changing," said Starling. "They see her; they see us in the PTA functions; they see us in the community, going to the school, so we have a different group of friends, and everybody's hearts and minds are opening to seeing that we are a family just like theirs."

That's precisely what Jane Lynch was telling Rachel Maddow.

Watch Wahls' appearance on CNN, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. "not all people who are opposed to same-sex marriage are bigots or hateful or ignorant"

    I'm sorry, but if you believe in denying equal rights to a group because of who they are, doesn't that make you a bigot? If you believe that gays getting married will harm the institution of marriage doesn't that make you ignorant? If you believe that the bible governs this country instead of the constitution, doesn't that make you ignorant? This trying to be civil is nice and all but and some point you need to speak the truth. Can anybody tell me even one reason for opposing marriage equality that is not based on bigotry, hate or ignorance?

    Posted by: Ken | May 17, 2012 8:03:41 PM


  2. Dear godless colonizing sodomites:

    I'd count myself in your number, but I didn't get the memo about the colony. Where is it? How do I get there? Or is it simply aspirational?

    Yours in hope,
    Vint

    Posted by: Vint | May 17, 2012 8:42:24 PM


  3. Zach Wahls, please report to CNN, an anchor position has just been added.

    Posted by: castaway | May 17, 2012 8:51:30 PM


  4. Thank you for sharing this report featuring my family. Changes are not being made fast enough but we are doing our part to try to speed up the effort. The more hearts and minds we change, the better our families will be treated.

    Posted by: Tommy Starling | May 17, 2012 9:00:59 PM


  5. Hi, Tommy -- Thank YOU for sharing your family with the world! The more we are out and proud, living our lives as part of our communities, the faster the hatred and ignorance will evaporate.

    Posted by: kit | May 17, 2012 10:21:25 PM


  6. 1) Many people say 'God hates gays' and keep using the word 'God' not 'Jesus'. The fact is Jesus Christ NEVER CONDEMNED HOMOSEXUALITY and Christ is the God for Christians. Some may then say God is the Father, but there's no such religion of 'Godian' , 'Fatherian' or whatever. So for people to still believe 'God hates gays', either those people are taking GOP as 'GOD', (GOP are indeed one of the biggest bigots and of course the false 'God'), or those religious nuts are worshiping a different 'God' other than Jesus. Either way homophobes bigots are not followers of Christ but ANTICHRIST rather as they share a different view of belief from Christ!

    2) To Christianity, they have to be followers of Christ and it's clearly stated by Jesus that His top 2 commandments are above all other biblical laws and they should follow those. The top 2 commandments are to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself. So again, religious nuts just like pharisees, are ANTICHRIST who are obsessed with all others nonsense religious laws which they put as higher importance to those of Jesus top commandments! Jesus condemned such religious nuts just as those pharisees.

    Posted by: Simon | May 17, 2012 10:51:38 PM


  7. Ken, he is right, many people are just not informed enough, and those are the people that change their mind about gays nowadays. We need all the straight allies we can get, and we won't get them by giving them names.

    Posted by: oakpope | May 17, 2012 10:51:55 PM


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