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Soldier booed at 2011 Republican debate now involved in marriage battle in Ohio

Soldier booed at 2011 Republican debate now involved in marriage battle in Ohio

The gay US soldier booed during a 2011 Republican debate is now part of the marriage equality conversation in the Buckeye State.

As reported by the Associated Press, Freedom to Marry Ohio announced yesterday (22 February) Major Stephen Snyder-Hill has joined the effort to overturn the state’s same sex marriage ban.

‘I love my country and I believe this nation is becoming more loving, more tolerant and more accepting,’ Snyder-Hill said on the Freedom to Marry Ohio website. ‘More and more people are coming to understand this is a basic civil rights issue and a human rights issue.’

The political organization works to reverse the state’s 2004 constitutional amendment prohibiting  same sex marriage. Presently the group is collecting signatures to place a referendum on the ballot by 2014.

During a 2011 Republican debate, Snyder-Hill asked the presidential candidates if they planned to bring back the anti-gay military policy Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Audience members heckled the question. 

Snyder-Hill’s husband, Joshua, is also joining the effort.