December 4, 2011
A young man's plea for gay marriage equality is going viral almost a year after it was first circulated.
Zach Wahls, 19, is the Internet star of a video widely titled "Two Lesbians Raised A Baby And This Is What They Got," which features the then-19-year-old University of Iowa student speaking at a public forum in February to oppose a House Joint Resolution that would ban gay marriage and civil unions.
In his speech, Wahls tells the story of how he and his sister were both conceived via the same anonymous sperm donor, making them biological brother and sister, which he considered "really cool for me."
His mothers legally married in 2009 after the Iowa Supreme Court legalized gay marriage.
He says his family just wasn't any different from any other Iowa family -- they ate dinner, they went to church, they had fights and went on vacation.
"I'm an Eagle Scout. I own and operate my own small business," he said. "If I was your son, Mr. Chairman, I believe I'd make you very proud."
He admitted that his family had gone through some hard times -- his mother had been diagnosed with multiplel sclerosis and has to spend time in a wheelchair.
"But we're Iowans," he said. "We don't expect anyone to solve our problems for us. We'll fight our own battles. We just hope for equal and fair treatment from our government."
Though the Iowa House passed the resolution that state would only recognize marriage between a man and a woman, the Senate is likely to block the legislation.
Same-sex marriage is still legal in the state of Iowa.