Zach Wahls为“同性家庭”辩护的三分钟

背景介绍在此,以下摘录:

The latest Internet hero is Zach Wahls, a 19-year-old University of Iowa engineering student and Eagle Scout whose parents are lesbians.Wahls gave a three-minute speech Tuesday before Iowa legislators urging them not to pass a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage and civil unions.His words went viral across the Internet and had nearly a half million hits on YouTube today.

Zach Wahls是一名19岁工程系学生和鹰级童子军,在爱荷华州立大学就读。其家长为一对拉拉。在周二Iowa州的众议院,Zach Wahls做了3分钟讲演,以敦促立法委员们不要通过“禁止同性婚姻或者民事伴侣关系”的宪法修正案。截止Feb. 3, 2011,他的讲演在youtube上已经被浏览五十万次(截止目前,已经被浏览一百四十万次了)。

我草草翻译了一下,希望没有太大的错误。

主席先生,晚上好。我叫Zach Wahls,是第六代爱荷华州人,在爱荷华州立大学学工程,由两名妇女带大。

我的亲生妈妈,Terry,告诉我爷爷奶奶,她通过人工授精怀孕了。但是他们不肯接受这一事实,直到我出生——他们折服于我的无邪可爱,改变了心意,并告诉我妈妈,他们非常高兴能再有一个孙子。不幸的是,在有生之年,他们没能看到我的两个妈妈(Terry和Jackie)于2009年的婚礼 。我的妹妹,也是我唯一的兄弟姐妹,出生于1994年。事实上,我们都有一半基因来自于同一个匿名捐赠者,所以我们是同父同母的兄弟姐妹,这对我来说实在是很酷。

嗯,我想要表达的重点是,我们家和爱荷华州的其他任何家庭没有什么不同。好比说,当我在家的时候,我们一起去教堂,一起吃晚饭,一起去度假。虽然,你知道,我们也有难熬的时候,我们也会争吵…你知道(像一般家庭那样)。

事实上,我的妈妈,Terry(Terry Wahls),在2000年被诊断出多发性硬化。这是一种很严重的疾病,使得她不能不坐在轮椅理。所以,我们也有我们的困难,我们不得不努力去克服。 但是,我们爱荷华州人,不指望任何人帮我们解决问题。我们会自己度过难关。我们只是希望,我们能得到政府平等公正地对待。

在爱荷华州立大学,我们经常在课堂上讨论同性婚姻的话题…问题总是会深入到一点,“同性恋能抚养小孩吗?”这时候,讨论往往会出现暂时地停顿,因为大多数人并不知道答案。然后,我举起手说:“其实,我就是被一对同性恋夫妇抚养的,我过的还挺好。”

我高考[注1]近满分,我是鹰级童子军。我还经营自己的小公司。如果我是您的儿子,主席先生,我相信您也会为我感到非常自豪。 我跟您的孩子没什么不同。我的家庭也和您的没什么两样。毕竟,您的家庭也不会因为被人祝福,才对您有价值 。不,不是那样的。我们的家庭观念,来自于我们对彼此作出的承诺。不经历风雨,怎么见彩虹 ?是爱把我们联系在一起,是爱让我们成为一家人。

所以您在这里的投票,并不会改变我们,也不会改变我们的家庭。它将改变法律如何看待我们,改变法律如何对待我们。您所投票的内容,是我们爱荷华州有史以来第一次,把歧视编纂到我们的宪法里。如果这是所谓的宪法修订,那将是整个美国最烂的一次修订 。 因为您是在跟爱荷华州人说,你们中间有些人是二等公民,他们无权和所爱的人结婚。

所以,这次表决会影响我的家庭么?会影响您的吗?

在接下来的两小时,我敢肯定,我们将听到一堆所谓“同性家长如何伤害他们小孩”的证词。但是,在我19年的成长里,从来没有一个人,主动意识到我是同性家庭长大的小孩。

你知道为什么?因为我的家长的性取向,对我的人格内涵,没有任何影响。

非常感谢。

注1:ACT = American College Test,相当于美国的高考

视频地址在此,或者可以去搜索视频“Zach Wahls on His Two Moms”

墙外看这里

墙内看这里(需忍受30秒广告)

全文在此,以下摘录。

[Zach Wahls]
Good evening Mr. Chairman. My name is Zach Wahls. I’m a sixth-generation Iowan and an engineering student at the University of Iowa and I was raised by two women.

My biological mom, Terry, told her grandparents that she was pregnant, that the artificial insemination had worked, and they wouldn’t even acknowledge it. It wasn’t until I was born and they succumbed to my infantile cuteness that they broke down and told her that they were thrilled to have another grandson.Unfortunately, neither of them lived to see her marry her partner Jackie of 15 years when they wed in 2009. My younger sister and only sibling was born in 1994. We actually have the same anonymous donor so we’re full siblings, which is really cool for me.

Um, I guess the point is our family really isn’t so different from any other Iowa family. You know, when I’m home we go to church together, we eat dinner, we go on vacations. Ah, but, you know, we have our hard times too, we get in fights…you know.Actually my mom, Terry(Terry Wahls) was diagnoses with multiple sclerosis in 2000. It is a devastating disease that put her in a wheelchair. So we’ve had our struggles. But, you know, we’re Iowans. We don’t expect anyone to solve our problems for us. We’ll fight our own battles. We just hope for equal and fair treatment from our government.

Being a student at the University of Iowa, the topic of same sex marriage comes up quite frequently in classroom discussions…you know The question always comes down to, well, “Can gays even raise kids?” In question, you know, the conversation gets quiet for a moment because most people don’t really have any answer. And then I raise my hand and say, “Actually, I was raised by a gay couple, and I’m doing pretty well.”

I scored in the 99th percentile on the A.C.T. I’m actually an Eagle Scout. I own and operate my own small business. If I was your son, Mr. Chairman, I believe I’d make you very proud. I’m not really so different from any of your children. My family really isn’t so different from yours. After all, your family doesn’t derive its sense of worth from being told by the state: “You’re married. Congratulations.” No. The sense of family comes from the commitment we make to each other. To work through the hard times so we can enjoy the good ones. It comes from the love that binds us. That’s what makes a family.

So what you’re voting here isn’t to change us. It’s not to change our families, it’s to change how the law views us; how the law treats us. You are voting for the first time in the history of our state to codify discrimination into our constitution, a constitution that but for the proposed amendment, is the least amended constitution in the United States of America. You are telling Iowans that some among you are second class citizens who do not have the right to marry the person you love.

So will this vote affect my family? Will it affect yours?

In the next two hours I’m sure we’re going to hear plenty of testimony about how damaging having gay parents is on kids. But in my 19 years, not once have I ever been confronted by an individual who realized independently that I was raised by a gay couple. And you know why? Because the sexual orientation of my parents has had zero effect on the content of my character.

Thank you very much.

[Audience]
(applauds and cheers)

8 comments to Zach Wahls为“同性家庭”辩护的三分钟

  • 鲑鱼

    对以【出色案例】来说服主席与议员,我仍然觉得气鼓鼓的,凭什么同性恋家庭就不能如正常生产厂家一样出品:罪犯、心里阴暗、人格不健全、品格低下的人呢?

    • 李银河说,同性恋电影形象有四个阶段——(1)刻板印象配角(2)正常形象配角(3)同性恋题材电影主角(4)一般题材电影主角。
      其实不仅电影形象,社会形象也是这样分阶段的。这个案例是在做从第一步到第二步的推进,离那第四步还是有距离的,但总算是在进步了。
      其实我也觉得这个讲演最后一句话很刺耳。不过不考虑内容,做为一个三分钟讲演本身,这算是相当成功和让人印象深刻的。

  • Laurent

    目前用中文介绍这一事件的还很少,你的推介真是太棒了 谢谢!!

  • 鲑鱼

    几十年过去了,白发苍苍的我会对异性恋人说:欢迎来到妖魔神鬼的世界。

    • 历史无数次证明了,活得够老才是王道。:lol:
      “正像普朗克年轻时与老一辈科学家争论时所写的那样:‘要接受一个新的科学真理,并不用说服它的反对者,而是等到反对者们都相继死去,新的一代从一开始便清楚地明白这一真理。’”

      • 哈哈, 说得太对了.
        今年春节被各路亲戚”关心”过一遍之後, 我释然了, 因为我开始相信时间的威力会摆平一切.
        我也就不那么反感这种聚餐, 纯当是梦游了. 哈哈.

  • 鲑鱼

    好死不如歹活,大抵如此。

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