The year his parents wed, the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously
legalized gay marriage, making it the third state and the first
heartland state to allow same-sex couples to marry.
The latest Internet hero is Zach Wahls, a 19-year-old University of
Iowa engineering student and Eagle Scout whose parents are
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.
“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,” said Wahls. “And you know why? Because the sexual
orientation of my parents has had zero affect on the content of my
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