A note from Zach
I spent hours writing, editing and re-working the testimony I delivered to the Iowa House Judiciary Committee.
Before that, I had spent nearly four years competing in, coaching and judging speech and debate. (And my Tall Mom says that I’ve been talking ever since I was born.)
But even after all that preparation, literally years and years of it, nothing could have prepared me for the overwhelming reaction that has enveloped me in the wake of that fateful January night.
Ultimately, my testimony failed to have the impact I was hoping for. The Iowa House approved House Joint Resolution Six on a 62-27 vote, although it appears unlikely to clear the Iowa Senate. The impact it has since had, however, is beyond anything I could have ever imagined.
A video of the testimony has accumulated over 18 million hits on YouTube, been broadcasted on CNN, MSNBC, Good Morning America and even landed me interviews on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and the Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell. (And I hear that it has received heavy circulation internationally as well.) Odds are, that video, in some way or another, brought you here. It’s been unreal.
There are more projects in the works, though, at this moment, I can’t talk a whole lot about them. (They’re pretty exciting, though!) Make sure to check back for various updates and more information as they start to take shape.
Above all, however, I want to thank you–all of you–for the enormous amount of support and good will that I’ve received in the weeks and months following my speech. I know a lot of people found my words to be inspiring, but whatever inspiration I could have individually affected pales to the collective generosity, optimism and all around awesomeness that has been sent my way by all of you. It has truly been the most humbling and inspiring experience of my life.
A recent poll confirmed that, for the first time in American history, a majority of us support full marriage equality.
There is no doubt in my mind that it is getting better.
Yours most sincerely,