Zach Wahls: "Sexual orientation of my parents has had zero effect"
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
You've heard it. You may believe it. It's the concept that children of same-sex couples are at risk.
Iowan, Zach Wahls says think again. He's an author, YouTube star, and, has two moms.
Zach is a University of Iowa student, turned activist. He says when it comes to raising a kid, it's not about who you are, rather, how you do it.
"The most important thing is whether or not your parents are willing to put in the blood, sweat, toil, and tears that it takes to sculpt little hellions," he said.
Zach learned that lesson from his parents. Now, he's touring the state, stopping in places like Sioux City, and telling people his moms are gay, but he's not disadvantaged.
"The sexual orientation of my parents has had zero effect on the content of my character," said Wahls.
Zach said that in a speech given at the Iowa House in 2011. It went viral, being viewed on YouTube almost 17 million times. Zach talked about it on TV shows like Ellen, and The Late Show. He even wrote a book called My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength and What Makes a Family.
But, those opposed to Zach's view say stats show, straight is better.
"It's the best environment to raise children. Also, it provides for the common good," said Thomas Peters with the National Organization for Marriage.
Officials with N.O.M. claim gay households can hurt a child's development. They cite a recently published, and very controversial, study by the University of Texas. It found children with lesbian mothers were "significantly different" compared to those with married, biological parents, saying they had lower income, poorer mental health, poorer physical health, and more.
"In a lot of key values, they experience less than good outcomes," said Peters.
Zach, like many critics, questions the study's motivations and methods. He says there's plenty of science to back him too. But, in the end, his mission for acceptance comes down to people, not politics.
"It's family, and you got to protect it," said Wahls.
Wahls's stop in Sioux City was his second in the state. Wednesday he was in Council Bluffs. Friday, he'll visit Mason City.