You know, it really is a shame that sixth-generation Iowan Zack Wahls felt he had to write his book, "My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family". The son of a gay mother, born, along with his younger sister, as the product of a sperm donation, Zack was raised by - horrors - two lesbians! OMG - what WILL the children think!
Zack gained fame in early 2011 when he testified in front of an Iowa House of Representatives public forum. For three minutes this young man talked with stunning articularity about growing up with with gay parents. The resulting video has bounced around the Internet, and added another dimension to the debate about gay marriage - or "marriage equality".
I was not going to read this book. I bought it - as I do many political books - because I wanted to support the author monetarily and I was going to donate it straight-away to the local library. But when it arrived yesterday and I sat down and leafed through it, I realised that I could learn something about a subject that I was already in agreement with. Zack talks about his upbringing that his parents - and they ARE his parents - gave him and teamed it with the many good ideals he learned as an Eagle Scout. Faithfulness, cleanliness, politeness, etc, are only some of the life virtues drummed into this young man and his sister. They seem to have "caught on", because Zack - and I assume sister Zebby - are remarkable young people.
Let's talk to the specific case of good parenting here, because, that, in the end, is what Zack Wahls is a product of. I've often said, "We're not raising children, we're raising adults", because adulthood is the ultimate goal of every parent's long, weary slog. We try to install in our children the good values that will take them through life as responsible adults. And, ya know what? Gay parents can do this just as well as straight parents. So can divorced parents - if they can work together as many of us are able to do. Single mothers and single fathers can do it, too. Zack Wahls and his sister are proof of this.
Zack's book's a quick read but it is worth reading to see the family behind the video. I had no idea that Terry, his birth Mom, is a doctor and Jackie, his other Mom, is a nurse. Zack writes about Terry's diagnosis of MS and how his family, as a whole, has dealt with it through the years.
I assume that most people who buy and read this book are supporters of "marriage equality". But the book goes a little deeper than that and looks at a "family".