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Son of lesbian couple testifies against Iowa Gay Marriage Ban (VIDEO)

When the Iowa House was debating the future of same-sex unions in the state, a 19-year-old University of Iowa student spoke eloquently. Zach Wahls’ mothers married in 2009, when Iowa became one of only five states to allow such couples to wed.

Wahls challenged legislators not to make a move that would potentially amend the constitution to codify discrimination. He was self-assured and articulate. He reminded legislators that what makes a family “is the love that binds us.” He went on to challenge them to understand that by voting in favor of the amendment, “You are telling Iowans that some among you are second-class citizens who do not have the right to marry the person you love.”

Wahls was interviewed by numerous media outlets. Watching him and listening to him, it’s hard to understand how anyone could think the composition of his family damaged him. Research supports what he had to say. Children of same-sex families thrive, as does any child surrounded by love. The video below has been viewed more than 2 million times.

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Photos 1 and 2 from Thinkstock; Photo 3 taberandrew via Flickr Creative Commons; Photo 4 from Patrick Byrne via Flickr Creative Commons; Photo 5 from UN video

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Zach Wahls is an extraordinary young man and a testament to his parents. I could applaud until my hands bleed!

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