The son of two lesbian mothers, this 19-year-old University of Iowa student had no idea that his heartfelt testimony against an Iowan Constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage would spread like viral wildfire, and even have him on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
A state champion in high school debate and multiple-time national finalist in competitive acting, Wahls was no stranger to speaking before an audience, yet he had never talked about his family in a public setting or in such open and candid terms. On his way home from the public hearing, he thought that his work was, for all practical purposes, finished.
Just two days after he testified during that hearing, however, a YouTube video of his testimony went viral, garnering nearly two million views with millions more via Facebook, Twitter, national and international television, and other online media.
Although initially hesitant to share his story on such a vast stage, Wahls remembered the famed words of his favorite superhero's uncle, Ben Parker: "With great power comes great responsibility." Never before in his life had he had such an opportunity to stand up and speak out on behalf of his family, so he took the chance and hasn't looked back.
Wahls shares a story that has never before been told, and offers a fresh, bold perspective on a recently rekindled--and always contentious--issue: gay marriage.
Like any family's story, his is one of highs and lows, laughs and tribulations. You'll laugh, you may even cringe, and no matter your thoughts on marriage equality in our country, you'll walk away with a new perspective and something to think about.