Zach Wahls Announces Run For Iowa Senate

Zach Wahls first grabbed the world's attention when he gave a heartfelt, pro-marriage equality speech before the the Iowa House Judiciary Committee, back in 2011.

And now, he's announcing his run for the Iowa senate!

When he gave his touching speech six years ago, Wahls spoke of being the son of lesbian mothers.

He said:

"I'm not really so different from any of your children. My family really isn't so different from yours. After all, your family doesn't derive its sense of worth from being told by the state, 'You're married—congratulations!' No, the sense of family comes from the commitment we make to each other, to work through the hard times so we can enjoy the good ones; it comes from the love that binds us. That's what makes a family."

Video of Wahls' speech racked up millions of views on YouTube in just a few weeks, and according to the Advocate, it was the most popular political video of 2011. From there, he would begin to devote more of his time to activism.

The following year, Wahls released his book, My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family. He also served as co-chair for "The Outspoken Generation," a Family Equality Council initiative that gave the children of gay and lesbian parents a platform to speak out in support of their upbringing. 

Later in 2012, Wahls, who was an Eagle scout, helped to launch Scouts for Equality, an advocacy group that seeks to challenge the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay and lesbian scout leaders. He'd also speak at the Democratic National Convention, where he'd deliver a speech in which he'd thank then-President Obama for his support of same-sex marriage.

Now, Wahls has announced that he will seek the seat of retiring Senator Bob Dvorsky, D-Coralville, in Iowa's 37th District.

The 26-year-old, who is about to graduate with his master's degree in public policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, told the Press-Citizen:

"Funnily enough, the primary election is the same day as commencement, so I've been telling people that I won't be able to walk, but I'll be able to run."

Rewatch Zach Wahl's 2011 speech:


H/T: The Advocate