Zach Wahls to speak at Lasell

By Cherai Mills

On January 31, 2011, Zach Wahls addressed the Iowa House Judiciary Committee in a public hearing regarding a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Iowa. The nineteen-year-old son of a same-sex couple, Wahls proudly proclaimed, “the sexual orientation of my parents has had zero effect on the content of my character.” Hours later, his speech was posted on YouTube, where it went viral, quickly receiving more than two million views. By the end of the week, everyone knew his name and wanted to hear more from the boy with two moms.”


Since the word spread about Wahls’ profound speech, many news article have been written about his story including Gay marriage defense on YouTube disrupts “boring” lifeThe Des Moines Register, The politics and morality of gay marriageThe Economist, Marry me, Zach WahlsFeministing, Rhetoric and rationalityThe Economist, Zach Wahls, Black SwanModeled Behavior, Zach Wahls Defends Gay Marriage To Iowa LegislatorsThe Huffington Post, and Son of Iowa Lesbians Fights Gay Marriage BanABC News.

On February 17, 2012 Wahls’ appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show to share his story. Of course with DeGeneres being an openly gay woman is a big supporter of Wahls’ and gave him lots of praise. In the audience was Wahls’ biological mom Terry who has been with her partner for 16 years. DeGeneres is know for having the latest “in the news” people on her show and it is great to see a news worthy person on her show instead of just entertainers. To see Wahls’ appearance on the show click here.

On Tuesday, March 6, 2012 Zach Wahls will come to Lasell College to talk and inspire the Lasell community. This event is co sponsored by the Campus Activities board and Pride and will happen from 12:30-1:30 in Rosen. With Wahls’ speech still fresh in our minds, both campus groups are hoping to attract many students and faculty.


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