Zach Wahls, Who Famously Defended Lesbian Moms, Announces Run For Office

The LGBT activist seeks an Iowa Senate seat.

Almost seven years after a video of Zach Wahls defending his lesbian mothers went viral, the LGBT activist has announced his plans to run in the 2018 election for Iowa Senate.

Addressing the Iowa House Judiciary Committee during a 2011 public hearing on a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Iowa, Wahls, then a 19-year-old University of Iowa engineering student, argued that his family wasn’t much different than most Iowa families. Posted to YouTube, his testimony quickly garnered national attention.

Wahls, who was born via artificial insemination, also released a book, My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength and What Makes a Family.

“Remember that young man from Iowa who spoke to the Iowa legislature a few years ago about growing up with two moms?” he wrote on Twitter. “Hi. That was me—and today, I’m announcing my campaign to join the Iowa legislature. I hope you’ll support our campaign.
 

An Iowa City native, Wahls, 26, will seek the 37th district Senate seat of fellow Democrat Bob Dvorsky, who is retiring. Another Democrat, longtime State Department diplomat Janice Weiner, will reportedly challenge Wahls in the primary.

“I am excited, I am fired up, I am ready to go, and I am committed to working my heart out for the people of this district,” he later tweeted. “Let’s get this.”

Wahls promises that his campaign will focus on the issues of healthcare, education, and workers’ rights. “Standing up to patriarchy has been an important part of my work in support of LGBTQ rights and that is not going to stop now,” he continues.

Although he is straight, Wahls has said in interviews that he considers himself not an ally but “part of the LGBT community, too.”

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An Eagle Scout, Wahls launched Scouting for Equality in 2012, helping pave the way for the Boy Scouts of America dropping their bans on LGBT scouts and scout leaders. He spoke at the Democratic National Convention that same year, thanking President Barack Obama for his endorsement of marriage equality.

Currently in his final year of a Master’s program in public policy at Princeton University, Wahls plans to complete his degree from Iowa while he campaigns.
 

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