Exclusive Interview: Zach Wahls on DOMA, Boy Scouts and More
Zach Wahls is an impressive young man. Barely into his twenties, Zach has already stood tall against attempts to define away marriage equality in Iowa state and has led the charge for gay scouts and scout leaders to be given equal treatment by the American Boy Scouts Association.
Care2 recently caught up with Zach for an in-depth interview where he spoke freely on a variety of topics.
We took Zach back to that time in 2011 when he stood before an Iowa judiciary committee hearing on an ultimately unsuccessful constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality. At just 19, he testified before the court that the fact that he, a straight man, has same-sex parents has never been a detriment to his character.
Zach also gave us insight into his role as a leading force attempting to change the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on openly gay scouts and scout leaders. He told us how pleased he is the BSA has changed its policy on gay scouts, and how he is gearing up for Round 2 in that fight to have the BSA retire its ban on gay scout leaders.
Zach shared with us how the Supreme Court of the United States’ recent DOMA decision has directly affected his family, gave us a heads-up about his future plans to complete his university education, and also talked about his other projects, such as his involvement in environmental causes.
Finally, Zach took time to deliver a very special It Gets Better message.
So if you have 20 minutes to spare, sit back and watch Care2′s exclusive interview with Zach Wahls:
To connect with Zach Wahls, you can head over to his website here.
For more information on Scouts For Equality, the organization Zach heads to fight for equal treatment of gay scouts and scout leaders, click here.
Finally, you can find Zach Wahls’ book, My Two Moms, here.
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