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Zach Wahls' Speech About His Gay Moms is YouTube's Top Political Video of the Year


Zach Wahls' inspiring speech to the Iowa legislature about his gay moms is YouTube's top political video of the year.

Watch it again, AFTER THE JUMP...

Writes YouTube: "Surpassing the President and various presidential hopefuls in views, the #1 video on our list comes from a young man in Iowa speaking candidly to his government. Zach Wahls’ 3 minute speech defending gay marriage has been viewed more than 18 million times."

The other top clips:

1. Zach Wahls speaks about family
2. President Obama at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner
3. Strong [Rick Perry ad]
4. President Obama on death of Osama bin Laden
5. Brother, can you spare a trillion? Government gone wild!
6. Seth Meyers remarks at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner
7. Rick Perry - Proven Leadership
8. Jon Stewart Goes Head-to-Head Bill O'Reilly
9. Now is the time for action! [Herman Cain ad]
10. President Barack Obama's First Ad of 2012 [NRSC Ad]

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  1. this is epic.

    Posted by: gary | Dec 20, 2011 11:07:35 AM

  2. The absolute integrity of this young man still overwhelms me......and I've watched it so many times.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Dec 20, 2011 11:17:48 AM

  3. I think this demonstrates something else in addition to the importance of this young man's message. It demonstrates the growing irrelevancy of traditional media. This video beat the President's announcement of Osama bin Laden's death not because it was more important, but because if you wanted to watch the announcement, you only had to watch any of several dozen channels. Not only that night and the next day, but for weeks after. YouTube, on the other hand was the only place to see Zach Wahl's speech. I don't recall any major news outlet covering. I'm sure I missed something, but the sheer ubiquity of the bin Laden coverage comes in stark contrast to the dearth of coverage of stories the Internet decides are important. Unless the traditional media can figure out how to speak to the people who turn to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube for their news, they will grow ever more irrelevant. Newspapers will disappear soon. Will television and radio newsrooms be right behind them?

    Posted by: Jonathan | Dec 20, 2011 11:24:59 AM

  4. It also means that the message rang loud and clear to millions of Americans.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Dec 20, 2011 11:31:55 AM

  5. Here’s my interview with Zach about how his life has changed after this speech thrust him into the public eye, what it was like growing up with two mothers, what led him to decide to go and speak before the House of Representatives, and what other young people can do to fight for equality and speak out against intolerance.

    Posted by: Yale Cohn | Dec 20, 2011 9:05:13 PM

  6. Agreed about number 1 choice. BUT. You are missing Hilary Clinton's address to the UN on gay rights. That is also epic and a close second, if not the best. Add this to the list!!!

    Posted by: outin77 | Dec 21, 2011 11:49:57 AM

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