'My Two Moms' author speaks in Mason City

2013-04-07T20:01:00Z 2013-04-08T00:39:55Z 'My Two Moms' author speaks in Mason CityBy KRISTIN BUEHNER Mason City Globe Gazette
April 07, 2013 8:01 pm  • 

MASON CITY — It’s wrong to think some kinds of love are better than others, Zach Wahls of Iowa City told an audience Sunday in Mason City.

Wahls, 21, son of two lesbian mothers, talked about his experience at a well-attended meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of North Central Iowa.

“I don’t care what your religious views are as long as you don’t inflict needless pain on those whose views are different,” Wahls said. “Nobody has a monopoly on the truth.”

Zach, who is straight, was born in July 1991 to Terry Wahls, a medical doctor then living in Wisconsin. He and his younger sister were conceived by artificial insemination.

His family moved from Wisconsin to Iowa City when Zach was in fourth grade.

It was there that he experienced bullying and verbal harassment related to his family for the first time.

As a freshman in high school, a paper he had written for a class about being a straight guy with gay parents was published as a guest column in the school paper at Iowa City West High School.

Talking about the issue “was a monumental decision for me,” he said. “It wound up being a very important moment in my life.”

In 1994, his mother met her partner, Jackie. They were married in a private ceremony of commitment in 1995.

Terry and Jackie were married again after the Iowa Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2009. Zach got to be the best man.

“My moms are not ‘gay moms,’” he said. “It is not a gay marriage license. It is a marriage license.”

And although he grew up with two mothers, he did not lack for positive male role models, Wahls said. They included friends of his mothers, Boy Scout leaders and teachers.

“When we say it takes a village, this is what we’re talking about,” he said.

Zach Wahls became nationally known after testifying in support of marriage equality before the Iowa House Judiciary Committee in January 2011.

He has appeared on numerous television programs and is the author of a book titled, “My Two Moms.”

Currently working to complete degrees in sustainability studies and environmental engineering, Wahls, who is an Eagle Scout, is also leading a national campaign with his organization, Scouts for Equality, to end the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gay members.

He believes love and faith are what makes a family, a realization that really hit home through his mother Terry’s battle with multiple sclerosis.

Wahls said his mother was able to reverse the symptoms of the disease by overhauling her diet to rebuild her immune system. Her experience is chronicled in her self-published book, “Minding My Mitochondria,” a book that has gained national attention.

“I think that is the most important story our family has to tell,” Wahls said, to applause.

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  1. Scotsman
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    Scotsman - April 08, 2013 8:01 am
    Hmm. Jean-Jacques (imaginative name) built a profile and account on the GG website just to be able to post this bit of insular, paranoid, and scornful claptrap. Your home and family is your own business and you have the right to raise your family to be just as phobic as you. Your comments are an obvious contradiction to the successful and well-rounded young man that grew up out of a same-sex household in good ol' Ioway. I hope you now feel foolish for having posted them.
  2. cmnar
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    cmnar - April 07, 2013 11:00 pm
    Sad to think people, this day in age, are this close minded. What's wrong with the man in the story? Absolutely nothing. He's a fine individual who grew up (straight) with 2 loving parents (mothers). Thats more than some can say about parents of diff genders. Marriage shouldn't be about whether 2 people can procreate. It is about 2 people in love. If they choose to have children by the means that are offered why not? Same sex marriages and families are real, real people.
  3. Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui
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    Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui - April 07, 2013 9:01 pm
    In the eyes of a child, same-sex marriage appears adulterous by nature. Someone is not present in his/her home who is his/her true mother or father.

    Here are two truths regarding marriage: (1) A man creating a family with another man is not equal to creating a family with a woman, and (2) denying children parents of both genders at home is an objective evil. Kids need and yearn for both.

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