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Lauren Aguilar
Mr. Caleb Clardy
English 131.011
2 April 2012
Zach Wahls Speech
Zach Wahls goes before the House of Representatives in support of marriage equality. The nineteen year old University of Iowa student stands before a full room of people to discuss his personal experience of being raised by two women. Zach, a well-spoken young man, explains that he has a full blooded sibling that was conceived through in vitro fertilization. He goes on to reference his home life as being just as normal as someone who is raised by a heterosexual couple. Zach confidently speaks of his accomplishments and then bravely addresses chairman by saying “If I was your son, Mr. Chairman, I believe I would make you very proud.” The issue of same sex marriage in regards to raising children is one that has gone on to raise controversy and produce legislation. Defining a family structure can be a challenging task because family units have changed. They consist of blended families, single parents, and gay or lesbian companions. During Zach’s speech, he is able to cleverly use ethos, pathos, and logos to persuade the House of Representatives how typical and stable his upbringing was with homosexual parents. Wahls uses ethos to display his superior credibility during his speech on marriage equality. This made his proposal to the House of Representatives in Iowa more respectable. Wahls brings his credibility into the speech early as he address the chairman as “Hello Mr. Chairman…” this establishes credibility for him from the start among the committee members. Wahls stood in front of everyone as a young 19 year old man and a sixth generation native of Iowa. He had remarkable presence which allowed his audience to be completely taken by him. Scoring in the ninety nine percentile on the ACT test and attending the University of Iowa as a engineering major are just two facts that Wahls gives to show his credibility. He indicates his overwhelming responsible and leadership qualities by...
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