The Iowa teen who made viral speech about having two moms just made a huge announcement

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In 2011, then-19-year-old Zach Wahls took to the microphone during a public forum to denounce House Joint Resolution 6 in the Iowa House of Representatives, which would end civil unions in Iowa.

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Wahls, the son of lesbian mothers, gave a remarkable three-minute speech that is still wholly relevant and important today. It instantly went viral.

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Today, Wahls announced his candidacy for the 37th district of Iowa’s State Senate. The seat will be open in 2018 as State Senator Bob Dvorsky is retiring. In a Twitter thread articulately reminiscent of his viral speech in 2011, Wahls outlined his pitch to voters– and stuck the landing.

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While the resolution back in 2011 was passed by Republicans 62-37 – now moot after the landmark 2015 Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges legalizing same sex marriage in the United States – the moment set the stage for a deserving young man to gain national attention.

While the Republican Party has proven itself willing to thwart the will of the people, leaders like Zach will restore a much needed sense of dignity and accountability to government.

Support Wahls’ campaign here.

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Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

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