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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.

Wahls, the son of two lesbians, will seek a spot in Iowa's Senate.

December 21 2017 2:42 PM

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

January 02 2014 2:47 PM

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

December 21 2013 1:10 PM

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

5:00 AM

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.

September 08 2013 3:10 PM

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

June 14 2013 11:58 AM

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

May 24 2013 12:39 PM