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Revisiting the Gay Soldier Who Changed a Presidential Race

Revisiting the Gay Soldier Who Changed a Presidential Race

Photo: Tatjana Plitt, Gay Warriors

This week I'm looking back at my 2012 interview with Josh Snyder and Steve Hill. Steve was the soldier who asked a question about Dont Ask Don't Tell at a Republican debate, and was booed by a few people in the audience. None of the Republicans on stage reacted to the booing, and Rick Santorum responded to the question by dismissing Steve's military service. And so, before he knew it, Steve had become a minor celebrity in the presidential race. Everyone was talking about Steve Hill the soldier. But what most folks didn't know about was Steve the husband. He had recently married his partner, Josh, in an intimate ceremony at a meaningful gravesite. Here's my conversation with them from January of 2012, just a few weeks after the debate that changed their lives.
There are so many elements of their story that I can't imagine going through -- having to marry in private to protect your career; talking to your sec