Zach Wahls, the college student who
stood up for his two-mom family at the Iowa Legislature, has recorded
a video wishing all moms a happy Mother's Day.
Wahls was one of the hundreds of people
in February who testified at an Iowa House hearing considering a
measure that sought to constitutionally ban gay and lesbian couples
from marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships.
The University of Iowa student told
lawmakers that the sense of family comes “from the commitment we
make to each other” not the legal recognition offered by the
government. Video of his testimony went viral on YouTube.
“I've got two moms myself,” Wahls
says in his 51-second message. “And it's because of organizations
like One Iowa, Lambda Legal that they've been able to have their
loving, stable relationship recognized by the state of Iowa.”
“So as a member of the community at
large, with my younger sister, and both my moms, we all want to wish
you a very happy Mother's Day,” he adds. (The video is embedded in
the right panel of this page.)