UM-Dearborn welcomes Zach Wahls

                               "What Makes a Family?"


                                      Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 6:30 pm

                                             Kochoff Halls, University Center


On Wednesday, March 20, please join the University of Michigan-Dearborn in welcoming Zach Walhs.   The event will begin at 6:30 pm in Kochoff Halls inside the University Center.  

On January 31, 2011, Zach Wahls address the Iowa House Judiciary Committee in a public hearing regarding a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Iowa.  The then-nineteen-year-old son of a same-sex couple, Wahls proudly proclaimed, "the sexual orientation of my parents has had zero effect on the content of my character."  Hours later, his speech was posted on YouTube (click here for link), where it went viral, quickly receiving more than 2 million views.  By the end of the week, everyone knew his name and wanted to hear more from the boy with two moms.  

About Zach Wahls

"What makes a family?"  Zach Wahls tried to answer that question when he testified before the Iowa House Judiciary Committee in January, 2011.

The son of two lesbian mothers,the 19-year old University of Iowa engineering student had no idea that his heartfelt testimony that day would spread like virtual wildfire, and even land him on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.  

A state champion in high school debate and multiple national finalist in competitive acting, Zach was no stranger to speaking before an audience.  Yet, he never talked about his family in a public setting or in such open and candid terms.  

After appearing on numerous television programs in person and his testimony airing on MSNBC, ABC, CBS and CNN, Zach found himself working on a book and has now penned a game-changing college and university lecture called, "What makes a family?"

Zach shares a story that has never before been told, and offers a fresh, bold perspective on a recently rekindled-- and always contentious-- issue: gay marriage.  

Like any family's story, his is one of highs and lows, laughs and tribulations.  You'll laugh, you may even cringe, and no matter your thoughts on marriage equality in our country, you'll walk away with a new perspective and something to think about.  

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