In January of this year Zach Wahls, at the time a 19-year-old University of Iowa student, spoke passionately about the strength of his family during a public forum in the Iowa House of Representatives. The video of his speech, which quickly went viral, has received a second surge in popularity this month after it was posted on the website of the nonprofit organization MoveOn.org, under the heading 'Two Lesbians Raised A Baby And This Is What They Got: What’s the reason for opposing this again?'
Now Zach has written an article for the Daily Beast detailing some of what he has been doing since his new found notoriety, which includes writing a book entitled My Two Moms: Everything I Needed to Know About Gay Marriage I Learned in Boy Scouts. He describes the biographical work, which is set for release in May 2012, as a look at
"what it was like growing up with two moms in eastern Iowa, describing the values my moms taught me, how those values were reinforced in Boy Scouts, and explaining why Scouting and LGBT rights are like peas in a pod."
And he is not stopping there -- having put his college career on hold, next year he plans to work with various nonprofit groups on an advocacy campaign for same sex parents specifically and the gay community in general.
Zach says the two questions he is most frequently asked are, 'Are you single?' (yes, he is) and 'Are you gay?' Regarding that last question he explains:
"I’ve answered this question in other places and at other times. I’ve recently decided, however, to stop answering it. If the only question you have after listening to me defend my family is about my sexuality, I’m afraid you’ve missed my point. Whether I’m gay, straight, or bisexual, tall or short, male or female, white or black, successful go-getter or slacker, is entirely immaterial. I happen to be a go-getter student-turned-activist speaking out in defense of his moms, but this isn’t—and shouldn’t be—the norm. Nobody wants to spend all of his or her time defending his family, and I’m looking forward to mine no longer needing defending."
Here's hoping Zach Wahls and families like his will not have to continue to fight so hard for their rights too much longer.