Battle of Beliefs

Zach Wahls, son of two mothers, shared his story with Ferris students

by Published: Feb 8, 2012

Ferris Speaker: Speaker Zach Wahls spoke to Ferris stu­dents about hav­ing les­bian moth­ers and LGBT rights. Wahls talked about how both sides of the argu­ment should just stop insult­ing one another. Photo By: Kate Dupon | Photo Editor

Zach Wahls has become an overnight sen­sa­tion with his viral YouTube video speak­ing out for LGBT rights in Iowa and about his les­bian mothers.

Ferris State recently had the priv­i­lege of hav­ing Wahls come to speak about LGBT issues, issues that are in need to be addressed on cam­pus to ensure a com­mu­nity of equal­ity and tolerance.

In Iowa, same-sex mar­riage is legal. However, a Republican move­ment in the state leg­is­la­ture to change that moti­vated Wahls to tes­tify before the state on behalf of his fam­ily. Against the attacks on same-sex cou­ples’ abil­ity to raise chil­dren, Wahls pre­sented him­self as evi­dence to the contrary.

Wahls has no prob­lem with the fact he has two moth­ers and argues that same-sex cou­ples do noth­ing to harm the well-being of the child they raise.

When asked if he ever had a desire to meet his bio­log­i­cal father, he responded, “To me, my father has always been donor 1033. I don’t know him; I don’t really care to know him. What makes my fam­ily is the emo­tional con­nec­tion with the peo­ple who raised me.”

“The gay mar­riage debate in this coun­try is not a log­i­cal debate,” Wahls said. “We need to get away from just insult­ing each other. I hear peo­ple throw­ing around terms like ‘big­oted red­neck idiots’ or ‘god­less sodomites.’”

“I don’t have a prob­lem with peo­ple who have beliefs against homo­sex­u­al­ity,” Wahls said. “But when your beliefs infringe on my per­sonal beliefs, we have a prob­lem. If you’re going to walk into a bal­lot box and vote to strip your fel­low Americans of their rights, you owe it to them to do your research and you’d bet­ter have a damn good rea­son for doing so.”

“It’s easy to talk about these face­less sex-obsessed homo­sex­u­als,” Wahls said. “But when you actu­ally know an LGBT per­son it’s much harder to advo­cate dis­crim­i­na­tion against them.”

Wahls argued that things are get­ting bet­ter for the LGBT com­mu­nity, point­ing out that an 18 year old in Alabama is more likely to sup­port gay mar­riage than a 65 year old in Massachusetts.

“Zach Wahls was awe­some,” Sarah Walters, FSU sopho­more in med­ical tech­nol­ogy, said. “If you think log­i­cally you’ll end up agree­ing with him on mar­riage equality.”

“He was great,” added Rachel, a senior in English. “He made it very per­sonal and helps give a face to the whole issue.”

Speakers like Wahls dis­cuss issues in soci­ety that often cause debate and controversy.