Zach Wahls, a 19-year-old University of Iowa student who spoke about the strength of his family during a public forum over an amendment that seeks to repeal the state’s marriage equality law, appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show today.
Zach gave an impassioned plea in support of marriage equality before state legislators on Jan. 31. His personal story of growing up with two mothers “lit up the internet” with more than 5 million views on YouTube.
The next day, the Iowa House passed the amendment, House Joint Resolution 6, by a vote of 62-37.
Appearing on “Ellen,” Zach said: “The scary part about that … for me is that they’re lawmakers. They’re supposed to protect us, not take our laws away.”
Zach’s speech also inspired Jean Argus, an 80-year-old Iowa grandmother to post her own YouTube video, speaking out on marriage equality, her gay son, his marriage, and her outrage over the effect the gay marriage debate is having on her and her family.