Student calls for holiday cheer and support of marriage equality

University of Iowa student calls for holiday cheer and marriage rights

Student calls for holiday cheer and support of marriage equality
21 December 2011

Zach Wahls continues to defend gay and lesbian families. Earlier this year the University of Iowa student turned into a media sensation when he spoke up for his lesbian parents at an Iowa public hearing to revoke the state's 2009 marriage law.

The engineering student, with the help of MoveOn.org, sent out a mass email asking people to make holiday photos in support of marriage equality.

'A lot of people out there just don’t know and haven’t met families like mine… Now I’m asking you and other folks to show the people you love that you believe in equality for all,' he wrote in an mass email, as reported by Time magazine.

Now there is a Tumblr account with hundreds of expressions of holiday wishes and support of LGBT families.

Last February the Eagle Scout's defense of his parents went viral.

'In my 19 years, not once have I ever been confronted by an individual who realized independently that I was raised by a gay couple,' Wahls said in his three minute speech to the Iowa House of Representatives. 'And you know why? Because the sexual orientation of my parents has had zero affect on the content of my character.'

Since  becoming an Internet celebrity,  Wahls has appeared on the Ellen Show and is currently penning a book called My Two Moms.

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