Zach Wahls, an amazing 19-year-old, gives a speech about marriage equality.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Feb 2, 2011
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I got chills watching this, and it’s not ’cause I keep my home at 54 degrees when I’m out, 62 when home.

Eloquent. To the point. Forceful. Convincing.


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Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


7 Responses to “Zach Wahls, an amazing 19-year-old, gives a speech about marriage equality.”

  1. Juliana says:

    I can't believe he's only 19.

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  3. Juliana says:

    I also can't believe this article didn't get crazy hits. The speech is incredible.

  4. Ginny says:


  5. TamingAuthor says:

    Misses the point. One can make great arguments all day long but if they miss the facts, if they veer from the issues at hand, then it makes little difference. It is still a faulty argument.

    The bottom line is that most people define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. That is their definition. They are not discriminating against anyone. They are simply living according to their definition of marriage; they are living within the meaning they assign to what makes a marriage, including the idea that it involves two people of opposite sex.

    They are the people who are being discriminated against. They are being told that their views, their definition, their values and worldview do not deserve respect. They are being told that they are discriminatory and hateful for their beliefs. They are being told their view, based on fact—that there is a difference between a man and a woman—is untrue and invalid. That is discrimination.

    Should people have equal rights? Of course they should. One can address the practical issues of rights under the banner of civil union. Two people can enter into a contract with one another that honors their rights. But there is no need to disrespect those who hold to a view regarding the nature of marriage. Leave them alone. Do not discriminate against them. Respect their views by turning to civil unions. Show the same respect you wish to receive by giving that respect to others.

    At the end of the day, nature has made man and woman different. That is something that is important to many people. If it is not for you, that is okay, just do not encroach upon the desires and views of others. Let them have marriage as they define it. Set up your own relationship protocol that honors the fact that you are different and you are happy with that difference.

  6. Amazing and inspiring. Wow.

  7. common sense says:

    Im glad I had the opportunity to hear this I was just talking to my partner the other day about this. Contrary to popular believe most kids do EXCEPTIONALLY well in same sex homes. Its n ones buisness but their own, I forget we live in America the land of judmental bastards and undesired attention into the personal lifes of others.