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Zach Wahls Gives Powerful DNC Speech About His Two Moms: VIDEO


Zach Wahls, YouTube sensation turned LGBT activist, offered a powerful speech at tonight's Democratic National Convention about being raised by two moms and the importance of recognizing and supporting all families.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

Wahls' remarks:

I'm a sixth-generation Iowan, an Eagle Scout, and I was raised by my two moms, Jackie and Terry. People want to know what it's like having lesbian parents. I'll let you in on a little 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. We have his.


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  1. How much longer are we going to be hearing about Zach Wahls and his two moms? Enough already. Ít's turning into a circuit party for fake victimhood.

    Besides, women have never had it as bad as us men. The sodomy laws were enforced against us men, not women. Gay women have been treated much less harshly by the law and by social convention.

    Don't fall for the notion that gay women have been treated equally as badly as gay men. They've had it easier, not harder.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 6, 2012 7:19:03 PM

  2. This guy is such a fantastic ally and advocate. He speaks with grace, clarity, and intelligence, and I hope he continues to speak out on behalf of his family and all families like his!

    Posted by: E. | Sep 6, 2012 7:22:06 PM

  3. Whomever gets to keep him warm at night is one lucky b!tch.

    Posted by: Michael | Sep 6, 2012 7:24:19 PM

  4. Btw can anyone explain how denying gay marriage will allow ANY child to be raised by a man and a woman that wouldn't have been otherwise?

    Posted by: Michael | Sep 6, 2012 7:25:49 PM

  5. Jason, the issue here has nothing to do with whether gay men or gay women have historically had it easier. The simple truth is that in most of the United States, families headed by gay parents do not have the same rights as families headed by straight parents. It's a matter of equality, period. And nothing about Zach Wahls' tone or delivery communicates "victimhood." He is standing up for what is right and fair.

    Posted by: E. | Sep 6, 2012 7:26:25 PM

  6. @jason I came here to find exactly your comment. Shove off and let him advocate.

    Posted by: Sean McQuillan | Sep 6, 2012 7:27:37 PM

  7. i think zach's testimony is a more compelling message than comments like the one above this one. I'd rather read more coverage of zach and his family and skip over comments like that one.

    Posted by: Jed | Sep 6, 2012 7:27:52 PM

  8. what a great kid!! I disagree with Jason posting!! We need to hear more of this guy because of all of the lies that the GOP are telling ignorant people about what is like to grow up with gay parents! Thank you Zack!!

    Posted by: Josh | Sep 6, 2012 7:28:21 PM

  9. Boy the conventions every 4 years really bring the trolls out to Towleroad even moreso than normal. Jason, let's pretend I'm an empty chair talking to Clint Eastwood and pretend you're Mitt Romney. Go _______ yourself troll.

    Posted by: Derek Pearce | Sep 6, 2012 7:29:41 PM

  10. sorry sean mcquillan I didn't mean you. i hit the post button a little slow.

    Posted by: Jed | Sep 6, 2012 7:29:45 PM

  11. I wonder why nobody is allowed to talk at the Democratic convention about his two dads. The whole convention seems as if it's designed to avoid the concept of male homosexual interactions.

    The whole thing reeks of pro-female political correctness. There's a bias in favor of lesbians. It's an anti-gay male convention.

    Make no mistake - it's a calculation by the Democrats. Democrats think everyone in the audience will go ewww if they talk about two men together.

    This is why Obama is going to lose the election: he is mean-spirited, hypocritical, and his party is homophobic towards men despite claiming to be for gay rights.

    It's a form of theater designed to avoid exposing the true ugly nature of liberals - ie that they find lesbians "hot" but gay guys gross.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 6, 2012 7:30:07 PM

  12. That tinfoil hat might be on a little too tight, Jason.

    Posted by: Peter | Sep 6, 2012 7:37:02 PM

  13. Jason - While I agree with nothing you have said - and find your comments petty, ignorant, and childish -- not to mention cowardly - since, I doubt you would ever in a million years have the courage to stand on any of the stages this young man has stood on - let me focus on the epic misogynistic stupidity of your suggestions that lesbians had it easier.

    During the 50s and 60s - butch lesbians were routinely targeted by police - often arrested on a charge based on the legal requirement that you must wear 3 articles of your sex clothing at all times - which butch lesbians often did not. They would be first humiliated in front of the people they knew - forced to remove their clothing -- and then taken down to police stations were they would be humiliated again - and often raped. They said the first time was bad - but it was the second time that cause grown women to tremble and cry. Yes, many would be destroyed forever by these experiences.

    Butch Lesbians were targeted for a particularly type of brutality - somehow a greater affront to the men in power -- and frankly, many in poorer areas still are today - perhaps you should see "Boys Don't Cry" for a more current update.

    I do want to thank you for reminding me that not all gays and lesbians are bright, loving, caring people -- some are bitter, damaged, ignorant bores.

    Posted by: Ricky | Sep 6, 2012 7:38:04 PM

  14. I hope he runs for office sometime soon. A great speaker and wonderful young mam.

    Posted by: Drew | Sep 6, 2012 7:38:27 PM

  15. @jason: your world view is so vastly limited that I imagine you must live in a very small one-room apartment that gets exactly no sun and precsely three channels of public access television. If it weren't so sad, it might become pathetic. @zach: You go, boy!

    Posted by: Bill | Sep 6, 2012 7:39:38 PM

  16. There were no laws against butch lesbians. There was social discrimination but no specific laws. However, there were laws against sodomy, laws that were enforced against men only.

    Don't deny it - it's true. Men have had it much worse than women when it comes to same-sex discrimination.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 6, 2012 7:58:10 PM

  17. Also, notice how women - including lesbians - can wear either dresses or trousers and nobody bats an eyelid. If a man were to wear a dress, he'd be arrested for disturbing the peace. I blame liberals for this.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 6, 2012 7:59:26 PM

  18. Wow. Zach's passion and intensity rival many seasoned politicians. Surely, he is destined for politics, which would no doubt be a good thing.

    Posted by: AriesMatt | Sep 6, 2012 7:59:39 PM


    he really is a good speaker and brings up a good point- though these "pro family" groups spew at the mouth about how gay marriage is hurting children, how helpful do they think it is to go on national media and demonize these families and the parents that are a part of them? I'm glad their disgusting true selves are being recognized by more people

    The idea that a family unit must be mom + dad + kids is more reductive than even marriage being between a man and a woman because there are many people that have grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, non-relative "family" members etc living together and operating as a unit.

    Posted by: MaddM@ | Sep 6, 2012 8:01:28 PM

  20. Jason - you are wrong - Lesbians were targeted and arrested simply for wearing mannish clothes and having mannish haircuts - not for physical sexual activity - simply for standing in a bar or on a street - simply for existing.

    When states and cities passed laws requiring the wearing of 3 articles of clothing identified with you sex at all times - they were targeting lesbians - when lesbians in the 40s, 50s, 60s choose to live their lives as men - instead of as butch women - it was to survive.

    Climb down off that cross idiot.

    Posted by: Ricky | Sep 6, 2012 8:12:31 PM

  21. Towleroad staff...

    I think that it's doing a major disservice to your blog to keep allowing trolls like Jason to destroy the comments section. It makes this place seem very hostile. There are many open-source comment systems out there that allow for moderation, perhaps it's time for a change?

    Posted by: RandySf | Sep 6, 2012 8:17:14 PM

  22. @Jason - Talk about fake victimhood! Project much?

    Posted by: Esteban | Sep 6, 2012 8:24:03 PM

  23. @Jason - Talk about fake victimhood! Project much?

    Posted by: Esteban | Sep 6, 2012 8:24:04 PM

  24. What an amazing person Zach Wahls is! His moms must be so proud of him -- they have done a terrific job raising him.

    Posted by: kit | Sep 6, 2012 8:29:13 PM

  25. Just ignore him.
    Let him say whatever he wants, but don't reply to his comment. Gloss over it like it wasn't even there.
    Treat him and those like him, the way you would a child that's having a tantrum. Ignore him.
    The only person he's embarrassing is himself.

    Posted by: Edd | Sep 6, 2012 8:38:26 PM

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