I watch Piers Morgan’s show on CNN infrequently. Yesterday, however, I was watching the last regular season game of the Chicago Bulls (and what a season it has beenJ) and I flipped over to CNN during the breaks thus catching two interviews that I want to mull over. The first was an interview with a young man named Zach Wahls, who by the way is just a couple of years older than my own son. This wonderful young man was clearly raised by loving and giving parents who have produced a son to be proud of (and by all accounts a daughter to be proud of as well). The reason that his story is of note is that the parents are same sex parents, moms in this case. http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2012/04/27/pm-zach-wahls-2-moms.cnn
About six months ago I was out for dinner with some female friends when a little girl, a couple of tables away, came running over to say hello to one of my friends. Turns out she is lives next door to my friend. She’s about 7 years old, cute as can be and incredibly charming and very intelligent and was completely comfortable hanging out with a bunch of “moms” from the neighborhood. Her parents came over a little while later and joined us as we finished dinner and really added to the fun of the evening. We hit it off and they have become new friends that I see occasionally around the neighborhood and would like to see more of. Dad works in the same kind of business that I am in so we have that in common as well.
Why you wonder am I going on about this? My new friends who are clearly amazing parents and a loving and committed couple are two dads. So what does this tell us?…….it tells us to get over preconceived notions of what the “right” definition is of a “married” couple and preconceived notions of who should be parents. Zach Wahls’ parents define the sanctity and purpose of marriage….not people who get “married” and then disgrace the sanctity of that institution by dragging it through the mud (think Kardashians as one example).
So let’s all take a deep breath and admire couples who are doing an amazing job raising our legacy….regardless of whether those parents are two-sex, same-sex or single parents. Can we try that please?