Zach Wahls waves after addressing the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte on Sept. 6, 2012.
Zach Wahls, who has already made a name for himself as an Internet sensation, still can’t believe his role in the Democratic National Convention.
The 19-year-old Iowa delegate addressed the convention. The author of “My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength and What Makes a Family” was invited to discuss his family and support for same-sex marriage. Last year, he spoke to the state legislature as it debated marriage equality.
“It was a huge honor and a distinct privilege,” Wahls said in an e-mail to The Washington Post about his DNC appearance. “Hard to overstate. I had an absolute blast preparing my remarks, seeing all of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into a convention and meeting so many inspirational people.
In August, Wahls, an Eagle Scout traveled to the nation’s capital to speak out against the Boy Scouts of America’s policy barring gay scouts and leaders.
“More than anything else, I just wanted to convey to those watching family has meant to my moms, my sister and me. Standing up for the inherent worth and dignity of all people and all families is an incredibly important part of the American destiny, and I’m proud that the Democratic Party has been willing to embrace families like ours,” Wahls said.
Here’s what he said at the DNC: