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Iowa teen who testified in support of marriage equality appears on ‘Ellen’

Thursday, February 17, 2011

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.”

Watch here:

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.

You can click here to watch Zach’s full speech from the Iowa public forum.

And Jean Argus’ video is here.

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8 more reader comments:

  1. This kid. Is amazing.

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 6:12pm
  2. I was profoundly impressed by his passion and the clarity of his message. His parents must be so proud of their boy!

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 6:25pm
  3. As an Iowan, I’m proud to have this young man represent us. His speech inspired an 80 year old grandmother here in Iowa to speak up loudly and clearly in defense of her gay son’s marriage. When a little old lady from the midwest publicly condemns those that make gay rights a political issue, the world is truly changing.

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 7:21pm
  4. bloody brilliant. wish I had his public speaking skills at that age. cheers dude

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 8:07pm
  5. Way to go Zach…..peace bro…….

    Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 8:13pm
  6. Watched it:)

    Posted on Friday, February 18, 2011 at 9:53am
  7. Loved it!

    Posted on Friday, February 18, 2011 at 10:48am
  8. yeah!!!! Glad to see people useing their voices and standing tall you rock!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 3:34pm