Year 7, Book 40

40. My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family by Zach Wahls
Zach Wahls became somewhat of an internet sensation awhile back after his testimony in front of the Iowa House Judiciary Committee regarding gay marriage was posted on YouTube. Zach was raised by two moms and testified that the fact that he had two parents of the same sex had nothing to do with the content of his character.

In this book Wahls recounts the story of his life growing up as the son of two mothers, and how that experience did and did not shape his life. Ultimately his conclusion is that the way in which his mothers raised him and not the fact that they were lesbians is what molded him into the man he is today. The things that did affect him were due to the reactions others had to his parentage, which would not be an issue at all if people accepted the fact that homosexuals can parent just as well as heterosexuals.

Wahls is an Eagle Scout and organizes the book in chapters according to the Boy Scout Law, explaining how his two moms raised him to be someone who is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. I suspect that most of the people who will gravitate to reading this book will be people who already agree with the position Wahl’s espousing, but hopefully it will make its way into the hands of others who can be influenced by the story of this impressive young man. I give it a 7 out of 10.

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