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LRU to Host Author of “My Two Moms – Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family”

Mon Aug 27 2012

Zach WahlsLenoir-Rhyne University’s Lineberger Center for Cultural and Educational Renewal and the LR Campus Activities Board presents An Evening with Author Zach Wahls. Best known for his moving address in front of the Iowa House Judiciary Committee regarding a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in that state, Wahls tries to answer the question, “What makes a family?”

Wahls will speak on the Lenoir-Rhyne campus in the Belk Centrum on Monday, September 10th at 8:00pm. This is a free event open to the public.

Wahls tried to answer that very 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 viral wildfire, and even land him on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

A state champion in high school debate and multiple national finalist in competitive acting, Wahls was no stranger to speaking before anaudience. Yet, he had never talked about his family in a public setting or in such open and candid terms. On his way home from the public hearing, he thought that his work was, for all practical purposes, finished.

Just two days after he testified during that hearing, however, a YouTube video of his testimony went viral, garnering nearly two million views with millions more via Facebook, Twitter, national and international television, and other online media. Today, the video has well over 16 million views.

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

Wahls 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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