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Zach Wahls defends marriage equality—and his two moms—to the Iowa Legislature
February 1, 2011

There have been plenty of gay-interest viral videos this year—from cadet Randy Phillip coming out to his parents on YouTube to the gay couple finding out they’re gonna be granddads. But this impassioned plea from college student Zach Wahls debunks the asinine assumption that gays don’t make good parents. He’s smart, sharp-dressed, eloquent—heck, he’s probably even straight, not that it matters.

Wahls’ plea fell on deaf ears—Iowa lawmakers approved the bill that would let voters ban gay marriage and civil unions anyway—but his speech was the most-watched political clip on YouTube this year.

We’re getting through to someone.