Openly gay Reps. Barney Frank and Tammy Baldwin both talked about equality, as did LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. But once again, just as he did when Iowa was trying to win marriage equality – Zach Wahls hit it out of the park talking about growing up with lesbian moms and how his family is just as good as any Republican who wishes them ill. I’ll have much more on this incredible DNC convention – but I wanted to post Zach’s remarks now (transcript below):
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.