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Zach Wahls, raised by two women and doing pretty well

Zach Wahls, raised by two women and doing pretty well

19-year-old University of Iowa student Zach Wahls makes a powerful speech in opposition to a resolution that would end civil unions in Iowa.

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Guest: Jon (2167 days ago)
I doubt the eloquent young man would be so crass as to call someone a bigot for simply disagreeing with him. Hate and ignorance begets more hate an ignorance, on both sides. That said, I agree with him wholeheartedly.
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I doubt the eloquent young man would be so crass as to call someone a bigot for simply disagreeing with him. Hate and ignorance begets more hate an ignorance, on both sides. That said, I agree with him wholeheartedly.
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Guest: Penny Sautereau (2090 days ago)
No one calls those in the religious right bigots for "simply disagreeing". We call them bigots because they actively and knowingly spread lies and distortions about gay people to demonize us and spread fear, and actively campaign to strip us of all rights, criminalize us, and force us all back in the closet. EVERY SINGLE ONE of their talking points against LGBT equality is a discredited disproven outright lie or a sleazy distortions of studies wherein the authors of the studies call them out for distorting it. THAT is why we call them bigots. Because they ARE.
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No one calls those in the religious right bigots for "simply disagreeing". We call them bigots because they actively and knowingly spread lies and distortions about gay people to demonize us and spread fear, and actively campaign to strip us of all rights, criminalize us, and force us all back in the closet. EVERY SINGLE ONE of their talking points against LGBT equality is a discredited disproven outright lie or a sleazy distortions of studies wherein the authors of the studies call them out for distorting it. THAT is why we call them bigots. Because they ARE.
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Guest: Equal rights for all (2196 days ago)
Outstanding! a young man who has the most exceptional talent at putting the bigots in their place! Zach, I commend you!
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Outstanding! a young man who has the most exceptional talent at putting the bigots in their place! Zach, I commend you!
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Guest: (2195 days ago)
A marriage contract should ideally be no one's business but the people involved, like any other contract. Whenever the state takes it upon itself to encourage or subsidize some social behavior they are opening a can of worms.
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A marriage contract should ideally be no one's business but the people involved, like any other contract. Whenever the state takes it upon itself to encourage or subsidize some social behavior they are opening a can of worms.
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Guest: Todd (2103 days ago)
I wish that the equal rights movement had more people like you Zach. Stay involved and you could do great things and make major changes in this country.
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I wish that the equal rights movement had more people like you Zach. Stay involved and you could do great things and make major changes in this country.
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Guest: nana (2095 days ago)
I am not even in your country, Zach, but i must commend you for your speaking the truth in an eloquent and passionate way.
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I am not even in your country, Zach, but i must commend you for your speaking the truth in an eloquent and passionate way.
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Guest: laughingSpeculo (2103 days ago)
HE IS BEST SPEECH GIVER
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HE IS BEST SPEECH GIVER
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Guest: Edgar Allan Bro (2095 days ago)
It honestly sounds to me like he's trying to say that there are just a bunch of homo's in Iowa.
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It honestly sounds to me like he's trying to say that there are just a bunch of homo's in Iowa.
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Guest: Liz (2098 days ago)
I want to marry hime
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I want to marry hime
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Guest: n ils (2195 days ago)
yes, very good, congratulations.... I cant be bothered really however, because the thought of gay couples being NOT able to raise children is just stupid...
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yes, very good, congratulations.... I cant be bothered really however, because the thought of gay couples being NOT able to raise children is just stupid...
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Guest: spiky (2084 days ago)
Latest comment: RESPECT.
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Latest comment: RESPECT.
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Guest: Sean G. (2090 days ago)
my god, this guy should run for president. powerful and moving, personal and true. i wish every american was as passionate to a cause as Zach. i will definitely be sharing this video with all my friends and family. (still got goosebumps the second time)
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my god, this guy should run for president. powerful and moving, personal and true. i wish every american was as passionate to a cause as Zach. i will definitely be sharing this video with all my friends and family. (still got goosebumps the second time)
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Guest: niggers (2091 days ago)
this man is niggers
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this man is niggers
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Guest: Jamie (2089 days ago)
Wow, 19 years old. This kids has quite the future ahead of him.
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Wow, 19 years old. This kids has quite the future ahead of him.
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Guest: Doe (2195 days ago)
Fantastic speech. I agree with n ils, though, that just the idea of gay couples being unable to raise children is ridiculous. I would imagine there would be no difference whatsoever, between the number of gay couples and straight couples who raise children well or poorly. A real marriage is a partnership of two human beings, imperfect and fallible, but together because they love each other. They don't raise questions about making laws about people who marry for money or convenience being unable to raise children; don't raise them because of gender.
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Fantastic speech. I agree with n ils, though, that just the idea of gay couples being unable to raise children is ridiculous. I would imagine there would be no difference whatsoever, between the number of gay couples and straight couples who raise children well or poorly. A real marriage is a partnership of two human beings, imperfect and fallible, but together because they love each other. They don't raise questions about making laws about people who marry for money or convenience being unable to raise children; don't raise them because of gender.
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Guest: Dan (2101 days ago)
Of course we still must treat same sex marriage couples and the sons and daughters the same, but the fact is marriage was NOT MEANT FOR THOSE OF THE SAME SEX. We dont have to question their ability to raise a child, but the matter of the fact is, it shouldn't be happening in the first place.
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Of course we still must treat same sex marriage couples and the sons and daughters the same, but the fact is marriage was NOT MEANT FOR THOSE OF THE SAME SEX. We dont have to question their ability to raise a child, but the matter of the fact is, it shouldn't be happening in the first place.
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Guest: drumming ghost hunter (2099 days ago)
lol at Dan's illogical comment! the internet wasnt MEANT for the general public either does that mean none of us should be using it. times change you should keep up
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lol at Dan's illogical comment! the internet wasnt MEANT for the general public either does that mean none of us should be using it. times change you should keep up
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Guest: Kate (2100 days ago)
And it took the United States until 1967 to repeal nationwide bans on miscegenation, or interracial marriage. Not because two people of differing skin color and historical background couldn't possibly raise children together. No, it was because marriage was "NOT MEANT FOR THOSE..." Who are you sir, to give a right to some people and deny it to others. You, who are legally allowed to marry anyone you want, of any race, of any culture, of any size or stature or social status. Who are you to take hope away from other human being who only hope to be able to share a bank account. To have visitation in the hospital under emergencies, to be able to share health insurance or any other number of benefits meant for people who have decided to be there for each other until death do they part. Who are you to stand in their way?
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And it took the United States until 1967 to repeal nationwide bans on miscegenation, or interracial marriage. Not because two people of differing skin color and historical background couldn't possibly raise children together. No, it was because marriage was "NOT MEANT FOR THOSE..." Who are you sir, to give a right to some people and deny it to others. You, who are legally allowed to marry anyone you want, of any race, of any culture, of any size or stature or social status. Who are you to take hope away from other human being who only hope to be able to share a bank account. To have visitation in the hospital under emergencies, to be able to share health insurance or any other number of benefits meant for people who have decided to be there for each other until death do they part. Who are you to stand in their way?
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Guest: Dan (2100 days ago)
Clearly, he must be god, since Luke 22:20 Jesus tells us "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you." Saying that the old laws are no longer the covenant with God.
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Clearly, he must be god, since Luke 22:20 Jesus tells us "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you." Saying that the old laws are no longer the covenant with God.
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Guest: Mary (2098 days ago)
This is a State Law issue. Separation of Church and State, my man. If the Church doesn't want to marry same sex couples, that's fine. However, the debate is that they should be able to pursue marriage on a legal level. People like you need to realize same sex couples deserve to have things like shared health benefits. BTW to everyone else, I am finally able to marry my partner of 10 years in New York State. :)
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This is a State Law issue. Separation of Church and State, my man. If the Church doesn't want to marry same sex couples, that's fine. However, the debate is that they should be able to pursue marriage on a legal level. People like you need to realize same sex couples deserve to have things like shared health benefits. BTW to everyone else, I am finally able to marry my partner of 10 years in New York State. :)
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Guest: Kyle (2098 days ago)
Sir, I commend your bravery for being speaking out in the minority in this thread. However, I and several others disagree with you for a few fundamental and undeniable reasons. The issue at hand is a legal one not a religious one. No one doubts that varying religions declare homosexuality a sin. There are even those who are religiously unaffiliated that would agree with that belief. No one is trying to alter those beliefs in the slightest. The only reason a debate exists in the first place is simple. Citizens of the United States are free to practice any religion they choose or no religion at all, and can NOT be allowed to be discriminated against for ANY reason. Obviously acts of discrimination are harder to prove and thereby protect people from when they are committed by private parties (individuals, companies, etc.) though the government tries (e.g. hate crime laws). Because of this, the government MUST be held to a higher standard to ensure that it does not hold any singular faith based ideology over the good of those who may not share those same viewpoints. You sir find homosexuality to be an affront to god and you are entitled to that opinion. However, if your opinion was that mashed potatoes should be outlawed for similar reasons, I'm sure you would once again find yourself in the minority. Please forgive the exaggeration but I feel it gets the point across.
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Sir, I commend your bravery for being speaking out in the minority in this thread. However, I and several others disagree with you for a few fundamental and undeniable reasons. The issue at hand is a legal one not a religious one. No one doubts that varying religions declare homosexuality a sin. There are even those who are religiously unaffiliated that would agree with that belief. No one is trying to alter those beliefs in the slightest. The only reason a debate exists in the first place is simple. Citizens of the United States are free to practice any religion they choose or no religion at all, and can NOT be allowed to be discriminated against for ANY reason. Obviously acts of discrimination are harder to prove and thereby protect people from when they are committed by private parties (individuals, companies, etc.) though the government tries (e.g. hate crime laws). Because of this, the government MUST be held to a higher standard to ensure that it does not hold any singular faith based ideology over the good of those who may not share those same viewpoints. You sir find homosexuality to be an affront to god and you are entitled to that opinion. However, if your opinion was that mashed potatoes should be outlawed for similar reasons, I'm sure you would once again find yourself in the minority. Please forgive the exaggeration but I feel it gets the point across.
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Guest: Justaguest (2100 days ago)
You'll have to forgive me, my bible study has been a bit lax in recent years. What the flaming heck does that quote have to do with anything? Jesus said "Oh, and remember all that stuff the bible said about enslaving neighbors and hating gays and not cutting your hair? Forget it," and spilled some wine. I'm not sure I follow.
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You'll have to forgive me, my bible study has been a bit lax in recent years. What the flaming heck does that quote have to do with anything? Jesus said "Oh, and remember all that stuff the bible said about enslaving neighbors and hating gays and not cutting your hair? Forget it," and spilled some wine. I'm not sure I follow.
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Guest: Aberg (2093 days ago)
do I smell a troll, perhaps? Nice try, Dan.
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do I smell a troll, perhaps? Nice try, Dan.
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Guest: guest (2100 days ago)
1. Irrelevant and possibly even detrimental to-your-own-argument quote? 2. Even if it had made sense, you're using a religious text as a source, thus it is irrelevant.
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1. Irrelevant and possibly even detrimental to-your-own-argument quote? 2. Even if it had made sense, you're using a religious text as a source, thus it is irrelevant.
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