After a hard-fought battle, Zach Wahls appeared in Montante Cultural Center today to give a twice-canceled speech to the Canisius Community.
The talk was sponsored by the College Democrats and co-sponsored by the philosophy, religious studies, art history, political science, departments, as well as the ethics, justice and peace and justice minors. Senior Mariel Klein was recognized as the driving force behind this event.
Wahls started his speech by reading the Catholic Church’s stance on marriage before he respectfully disagreed. For most of the speech, he talked about growing up in a home with two moms and the love his family shared. He noted that people who met him wouldn’t recognize that he had two mothers unless he explicitly told them.
The underlying message of Wahls’ speech was a point that he repeated throughout: “Treat others the way you want to be treated.”
The highly anticipated speech was well-received by students and staff alike, as Wahls’s sincere and heartfelt stories brought some to tears, and the audience gave him two standing ovations. Fr. Michael Tunney, S.J., Director of Mission and Identity, however, best-articulated the school’s feelings. “The strength of your faith and the wisdom of your presentation will add to the dialogue here at Canisius long after your departure.”
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