Gay rights activist Zach Wahls has said
that President Barack Obama's gay marriage endorsement left him
Wahls is the University of Iowa student
who defended his two-mom family at an Iowa House hearing considering
a proposed measure which would repeal the state's gay marriage law by
defining marriage as a heterosexual union in the Iowa Constitution.
A video of Wahls' testimony attracted more than 18.3 million views to
become the most-watched video in 2011.
In a new video for the Obama campaign,
Wahls discusses getting emotional over the news.
“The president announcing his
support, it was a beautiful day,” Wahls said. “You know, I'm not
a particularly emotional guy but I started getting choked up and I
couldn't believe it. And then, I called my mom, Terry, and she
answered the phone and I asked, 'Did you hear about the president?'
And she said, 'What are you talking about?' I said, 'President Obama
just endorsed same-sex marriage.' And she says, 'Are you kidding?'
And I can hear her go silent for a minute and then she starts getting
emotional, too.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this
our video library for more videos.)