Zach Wahls
Zach Wahls is an LGBT activist and the son of two lesbians who has risen to fame as an activist in recent years. Zach Wahls was conceived using artificial insemination to his biological mother and her partner in Iowa more than 20 years ago. Following the Iowa Supreme Court decision in Varnum v. Brien that invalidated the state's ban on same-sex marriage, he wrote an op-ed piece in the Des Moines Register, which eventually led to him addressing the Iowa House Judiciary Committee in a public hearing on a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Iowa in 2011. Learn every detail of his testimony as it went viral, subsequently landing him on the Ellen Show and The Daily Show, among others. Read about the accomplishments of this young activist and author, who gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention while still in college.
Boy Scouts' Gay-Inclusive Policy Takes Effect With Little Fuss
January 02 2014 2:47 PM ET

No Fuss as Boy Scouts' Gay-Inclusive Policy Takes Effect

Alex J Davidson and Trudy Ring

The policy, adopted last May and effective New Year's Day, has resulted in little backlash from churches sponsoring scout troops.

Lockheed Martin Cuts Off Money to Antigay Boy Scouts
December 21 2013 1:10 PM ET

Lockheed Martin Cuts Off Money to Antigay Boy Scouts

Neal Broverman

The Boy Scouts continue to face repercussions for holding on to their ban on out leaders.

Op-ed: Differences Don't Make Families Inferior
December 12 2013 5:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Differences Don't Make Families Inferior

Zach Wahls

Zach Wahls may have two moms but his Iowa upbringing was otherwise traditional. Still, some people look down on families like his.

New Group Launches as Backlash to Boy Scouts Lifting Gay Ban
September 08 2013 2:10 PM ET

New Group Launches As Alternative to Boy Scouts' Gay-Inclusive Policy

Daniel Reynolds

More than a thousand people gathered in Nashville this weekend to launch Trail Life USA, which organizers claim is 'stronger, safer and more principled in every way' than the Boy Scouts of America.

Caterpillar Drops Boy Scout Funding Over Gay Ban
June 14 2013 10:58 AM ET

Caterpillar Drops Boy Scout Funding Over Gay Ban

Sunnivie Brydum

A spokeswoman for the equipment manufacturer said the Scouts' ban on openly gay adults doesn't align with the company's nondiscrimination policies.

Boy Scouts' Decision Draws Heated Reaction From All Sides
May 24 2013 11:39 AM ET

Boy Scouts' Decision Draws Heated Reaction From All Sides

Trudy Ring

Pro-LGBT forces say it doesn't go far enough, while right-wingers say churches may leave scouting.

Reasons For Pride 2013
May 23 2013 6:30 PM ET

Reasons For Pride 2013

Advocate.com Editors

Read why Edie Windsor, Wanda Sykes, Magic Johnson, Calpernia Addams, and a host of other folks are making us feel good this summer.

Sixth Grader Testifies for Marriage Equality at R.I. Hearing
March 25 2013 4:29 PM ET

Sixth Grader Testifies for Marriage Equality at R.I. Hearing

Jase Peeples

"My parents, and all the other gay and lesbian people here, just want to be happy. Just like you, all they want is to be treated fairly," the 12-year-old told the crowd.

Six Scout Supporters Who Say Gays Are Child Molesters
February 06 2013 3:25 PM ET January 07 2014 2:55 PM ET

6 Scout Supporters Who Say Gays Are Child Molesters

Sunnivie Brydum

Research has shown most pedophiles identify as heterosexual, but that hasn't stopped these right-wingers from saying it's gays who are predators that should be kept far away from Boy Scouts.

WATCH: Zach Wahls Debates Father of Scout Opposed to Ending Gay Ban
February 04 2013 7:38 PM ET

WATCH: Zach Wahls Debates Scout's Father Who Backs Gay Ban

Neal Broverman

Wahls defends the right of gays to be part of the Scouts.

Pro-LGBT Petitioners to Converge on Boy Scout HQ Monday
February 01 2013 3:39 PM ET

Pro-LGBT Petitioners to Converge on Boy Scout HQ Monday

Trudy Ring

They will deliver petitions with 1.4 million signatures urging the Boy Scouts of America to lift its gay ban.

New Scout Troop Welcomes Gays and Girls
January 12 2013 11:54 AM ET

New Scout Troop Welcomes Gays and Girls

Diane Anderson-Minshall

Fed up with discrimination in the Boy Scouts of America, one cool dad starts his own troop that allows all sorts of kids, even the gay ones.

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