Inspiring Speech From Son Of Two Moms Is YouTube’s Most-Watched Political Video Of 2011

With over 18.3 million views, the impassioned speech by a son of two gay moms topped YouTube’s list of most-watched political videos this year. In the video, which you probably have already seen, Zach Wahls emotionally beseeches the Iowa State House not to approve a bill that would let voters ban gay marriage and civil unions.

The Iowa legislature didn’t listen to Wahls, but at least his message rung true for the YouTube community at large. In the long run, millions of people exposed to a perfectly normal product of gay parenting is greater than 50-some small-minded politicians.

It wasn’t the only gay-themed clip to top the list, either.

While Obama’s skewering Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents Dinner was the second most-popular, Rick Perry’s “brokeback” campaign ad—that wondered why gays can serve openly in the military but kids can’t praise Jeebus at school during Christmastime—came in third.  We’re guessing/praying that most of the seven million people who watched the ridiculous Perry ad did so to make fun of it rather than support it.

For something a little more heartwarming, check out the eight best marriage-equality videos from around the globe.

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  • lucretialive

    YouTube’s Most-Watched Political Video Of 2012………. 2012 already, jeez should I be be be worried that 2011 is going on repeat? As if one year of homophobe diatribe wasn’t enough enough. Time for a cup cake

  • Yale Cohn

    Here’s our interview with Zach about how his life has changed after this speech thrust him into the public eye, what it was like growing up with two mothers, what led him to decide to go and speak before the House of Representatives, and what other young people can do to fight for equality and speak out against intolerance.

  • Steve

    Well, we can put to rest the old canard that having LGBTQ parents will turn you gay. Wearing that horrendous suit/shirt/tie combo, there’s no way Zach is gay!

  • heydrichmuller

    @Steve: Should it matter if our offspring are gay then? I rather love the idea of our kids being gay. We should not see them as disappointments but rather as heirs to the “family business” [wink wink].

  • Debs

    @Steve: You must be a bot b/c real human beings don’t say LGBTQ. No one has LGBTQ parents because there is no such thing as LGBTQ.

  • Jakey

    @Debs: Not sure I agree with you 100% on your police work, there, Debs. The canard to which Steve refers is about not about this one guy, but about everyone who has parents who are L, G, B, T, and/or Q. Zach in particular is only the subject of the second sentence he wrote, not the first.

    (At least we know you’re not a bot!)

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