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Teen son of lesbian moms speaking on family diversity [John Raible Online]

Zach Wahls, a 19-year-old University of Iowa student, spoke about the strength of his family during a public forum on Resolution 6 in the Iowa House of Representatives. Wahls has two mothers, and came to oppose Resolution 6 which would end civil unions in Iowa. This is not a story about transracial adoption, but it is nevertheless directly related to fully supporting family diversity, so I want to share it with readers of my blog. I think you will find it moving and inspiring–and it only takes 3 minutes to watch.

Thanksgiving Envy  [Korean American story.org]

Last year my husband and I hosted a wonderful thanksgiving with friends and my mom.  It was a special thanksgiving because my mom usually hosts thanksgiving in her house (six hours away) with several of my brothers and sisters.  This year, my husband and I hosted thanksgiving for many of the same friends as last year.  Normally, I love hosting big family-like gatherings.  But this year something was off for me.  I was missing my Korean mother.  My umma.  I fell asleep late the night before thanksgiving thinking about her.  The next morning I had a surprising realization.  After interviewing fellow adoptee Marja Vongerichten the week before, I realized that I was envious of her.  One could easily be envious of Marja because of the rich and famous lifestyle she has been blessed with but it wasn’t her lifestyle that I was envious of (well maybe a little.) Rather, it is the fact that she has such a close relationship now with her Korean mother.  Her Korean mother lives right here in New York, as does Marja, so she sees her often.  I want that.

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