Charlotte, NC —
Zach Wahls, the University of Iowa student with two moms who rocketed to online stardom in 2011 when he defended his family at an Iowa House hearing, will take the stage Thursday at the Democratic National Convention.
Wahls, then 19, spoke about the strength of his two-mom family at a hearing considering a proposed measure that would repeal Iowa's gay marriage law by defining marriage as a heterosexual union in the Iowa Constitution. The measure failed, but a video of Wahl's three-minute testimony went viral turning him into an overnight gay rights advocate.
Wahls, now 21, authored a memoir about his family titled My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family. He also co-founded Scouts for Equality, an organization opposing the Boy Scouts' anti-gay policies.
Wahls will be speaking for approximately two minutes between approximately 6:20 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Central Thursday.