When 19-year-old Zach Wahls spoke in front of the Iowa House of Representitives about his upbringing by lesbian parents, he became a civil rights hero.
Heroes are people who takes action in the face of a challenge that requires courage; Mr. Wahls did exactly that with his speech, arguing the House to vote down a bill that would outlaw same-sex marriages and the recognization of same-sex marriages from other states.
It takes a tremendous amount of courage to speak out about something so personal as sexuality, and it takes even more courage to speak out about your parent's sexuality. Homosexual rights is the newest face on the ugly discrimination card. 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln reiterated that all men are created equal, and if you accept this ideal, then you must accept that homosexuals are equal as well. Walhs spoke of this equality, and how laws banning same-sex marriage treats homosexuals as second-class citizens.
Lincoln once argued that states had the sovereign right to allow or forbid the practice of slavery within the borders of their states, and many politicians such as John McCain have argued the same shameful position regarding same-sex marriages. Until we have federal recognition of all marriages between consenting adults, more heroes like Zach Walhs will be needed to come forth, and speak out in favor of honoring the uniquely American ideal that all men are truly equal.