19 Year-old Zach Wahls on Gay Marriage

Yesterday, was the first day in the court hearing addressing the proposed ban of gay marriage in Iowa, which has been legal in the state since 2009. I’d challenge anyone to make a more compelling case for the legalisation of gay marriage than 19 year-old University of Iowa student Zach Wahls did in his impressive 3-minute testimony.

Zach Wahls speaks with the maturity and confidence revered in some of the best orators I can think of. I realise it’s a stretch after just one 3-minute maiden speech, but I couldn’t help think of a young Martin Luther King Jr as Wahls was addressing the court. Inspiring stuff.

There have been a few extremely moving speeches made addressing gay rights in the US over the past 12 months. I posted another moving public appeal made by Joel Burns, on youth suicide back in October. Homosexuality is a trait that has only recently begun to be publicly expressed, acknowledged (and in some ways) accepted here in China. It will be interesting to see how gay culture manifests itself in China compared with the regions like US, Europe and Australia. At Enovate, we are looking to other asian cultures—such as Singapore—with a more developed/defined gay community as an indication of how gay culture will take shape in China –particularly given the lack of stigma associated with affection between friends of the same sex in places like India and China, when compared with ‘the West’.

Will gays in China also eventually be viewed as cultural ‘taste-makers’ by mainstream media?