In February, 19-year-old Iowa Student, Zach Wahls, made an exceptional pro-gay parenting and gay marriage speech to the Iowa House of Representatives that went viral in minutes, and left millions of people stunned and moved. Now, 10-months later, the three- minute speech about growing up with two moms has re-surfaced and captured many hearts as it spreads across the blogosphere once again.
My name is Zach Wahls, I'm a six generation Iowan and an engineering student at the University of Iowa and I was raised by two women, he said in his s opening lines to the panel of Representatives.
At the time, Iowa State was considering an amendment that would ban same-sex marriage. But following the publicity of the speech, the amendment never passed and today Iowa remains one of six-states in the U.S that legally recognizes same-sex marriage.
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, Wahls said in his passionate speech. And you know why? Because the sexual orientation of my parents has had zero effect on the content of my character.
The speech re-surfaced on Wednesday when the video was posted on MoveOn.org under the title Two Lesbians Raised a Baby and This is What They Got. Zach Wahls emerged again as a celebrity and took to the social media site Reddit.com to answer questions.
Hey everybody: I'm actually a long time redditor, and it's been my distinct honor to watch you guys put me on the front page three times now, especially considering that none of my own posts have ever gotten anywhere near the front page, he wrote.
When asked by Reddit users how growing up with two mothers affected him, Wahl's told them that he has realized when he is asked this question that he is actually being asked what it is like growing up without a father.
I had to learn how to shave from my best friend's dad. It's something I was briefly bullied about when I was growing up. It made me aware of the whole gay marriage debate--and the effects it might have on my family--from a young age, Wahls said.
When praised for how eloquent and articulate his speech was Wahls told his fans that he had practiced before. If you look carefully, you can actually see me set down my notes and start the timer on my iPod. That being said, what actually came out of my mouth was only about 70% of what was on the paper in front of me. More than memorized, I knew what I wanted to say and had a couple lines locked away. The last line about the sexuality of my parents, for example, I knew was going to be my last line.
Here is Wahl's original video and other videos he has posted since: