Wahls, who is just 21-years old (22 on July 15!) garnered nation attention in January of 2011 when he spoke before the Iowa House Judiciary Committee in support of his lesbian parents and against a proposed constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage. A video of his speech went viral.
Ella Robinson is the daughter of Bishop Gene Robinson, the first priest to enter into a same-sex marriage consecrated by the Episcopal Church.
The Family Equality Council’s Outspoken Generation program “empowers young adults with LGBT parents to speak out about our community’s families,” and “are speaking out, dispelling myths and misinformation about their families, and changing the national dialogue about family values.”
The Family Equality Council writes:
When Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote his landmark opinion in Windsor V. United States, a critical tenet of his opinion was that the voices of the children of LGBT parents should be considered in the marriage debate.
For several years, opponents of marriage equality have built their movement on the argument that loving, committed couples must be denied marriage because of a fictional harm to children. Their rallying cry became “children deserve a mother and a father” and it has been used as a basis to deny equality to the millions of families with LGBT parents raising children. In the recent Supreme Court cases, the voices of these children provided direct evidence to the contrary. In fact, the kids are indeed alright, and the nation is starting to hear what they have to say about their families.
Nothing speaks louder than the simple truth of the day-to-day lives of these young people and the parents who have raised them.
There is no better argument for treating all families, including theirs, with the dignity respect and they deserve, and the full equality under the law that is theirs by right.
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