The latest Internet hero is Zach Wahls , a year-old University of Iowa engineering student and Eagle Scout whose parents are lesbians. Wahls gave a three-minute speech Tuesday before Iowa legislators urging them not to pass a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage and civil unions. His words went viral across the Internet and had nearly a half million hits on YouTube today. Because the sexual orientation of my parents has had zero affect on the content of my character.
Son of Iowa Lesbians Fights Gay Marriage Ban
Zach Wahls, Son of Lesbians, Gives Speech to Anti-Gay Legislators That Goes Viral - ABC News
Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Sioux City couple wants their children to remember they were part of a historic civil rights struggle. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Please read the rules before joining the discussion. Six years ago, six same-sex couples won the right to legally marry in Iowa. For Jason Morgan and Chuck Swaggerty, that meant finally having their relationship and five adopted kids recognized as a family.
Same-sex marriage in Iowa
Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in the U. Marriage licenses became available to same-sex couples on April In , six same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses in Iowa filed a lawsuit in Polk County. In , following court decisions on same-sex unions in other states that suggested that denying the right to marry to same-sex couples was incompatible with the equal protection clause of a state constitution like Iowa's, Iowa legislators who hoped to avoid a similar court challenge tried without success to pass a statute to prohibit marriage on the part of gay and lesbian couples.