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.

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

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.

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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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