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Published September 19, 2012, 06:11 PM

Son of two moms speaking in Moorhead for marriage equality

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - A gay rights advocate with two lesbian moms is in Moorhead speaking out for marriage equality.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - A gay rights advocate with two lesbian moms is in Moorhead speaking out for marriage equality.

21-year-old Zach Wahls traveled from his home in Iowa and will be giving his "What Makes a Family" speech at M State tonight.

Zach Wahls will be talking to more than 400 people, trying to spread the message that his family - made up of two gay moms, a sister and himself - is just as great as anyone else's.

Zach Wahls has been touring the country, now stopping at M State in Moorhead with a strong heart and loud message.

Zach Wahls, Gay Marriage Advocate: “It's really been the last 18 months, I've been going all over the country, talking about my moms, our family.”

Ever since his testimony before the Iowa legislature went viral on YouTube, Wahls was speaking out against a same sex marriage ban, one similar to the marriage amendment coming up on Minnesota's November ballot, trying to legally define marriage as between one man and one woman.

Wahls: “I think it's unfortunate that some people try to politicize families like mine. The reality is that we don't stop existing on November 7th.”

Families led by same-sex couples, a strong bond he says that isn't very different than any other.

Wahls: “At the end of the day, love is love. My moms love each other just like any married couple does and it's a beautiful thing.”

And despite his now nationwide fame, Wahls wishes this fight for his family is one that never had to start in the first place.

Wahls: “It's something that I'll definitely do and I'll do it with a smile on my face but I am looking forward to the day when my family no longer needs defending.”

Wahls will be giving his "What Makes a Family" speech in less than 30 minutes, inside of the Oscar Bergos Center on M State's campus.

The event is sponsored by the Student Government Association and tickets have been sold out.

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