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Booed soldier joins Ohio same-sex marriage effort

Friday, February 22, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A gay U.S. soldier who was booed during a Republican presidential debate in 2011 has joined the effort to overturn Ohio’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Stephen Snyder-Hill

Leaders of pro-gay-marriage group FreedomOhio said Friday that Columbus resident Stephen Snyder-Hill will help lead outreach efforts.

Snyder-Hill asked the GOP candidates in 2011 if they would reinstate the ban on openly gay troops. He was booed for the question, which he recorded while deployed in Iraq.

FreedomOhio wants to overturn the 2004 state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Supporters started collecting signatures last year to place their own constitutional amendment on the ballot by 2014.

The measure wouldn’t require churches and other religious institutions to perform or recognize gay marriages.

The amendment banning gay marriage was supported by 62 percent of Ohio voters at the time.

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14 more reader comments:

  1. Why’d they boo him society needs to grow up!

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 6:23pm
  2. I think its pathetic when people boo and mock others who serve in the Armed Forces, gay or not. They are still doing a great service to the country.

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 6:24pm
  3. Now this is courage

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 6:25pm
  4. Read the article Melissa, it answers you question.

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 6:26pm
  5. Those losers need to stfu. He’s helping defend our country and the least they could do is give him respect for it. I don’t see them putting their life on the line. >.>

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 6:26pm
  6. republicans – is more really needed to say

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 6:43pm
  7. We’re coming

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 6:44pm
  8. That’s amazing

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 6:53pm
  9. Booing a member of the Armed Forces!! What kind of Americans are those republican HATERS!!

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 6:59pm
  10. WTG, Soldier, keep it going! :-) love, another Ohioan. :-)

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 7:11pm
  11. Good to read about him and what happened to him after being booed – which I remember.

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 7:18pm
  12. I just cannot imagine being an adult and actually “booing” someone. What are they, 8? I take that back, I have even taught my 8yo that booing is rude. Kudos to this man for standing up and leading the charge despite the treatment he received from those who swear to support our troops.

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 7:35pm
  13. Thank God this man is alive. Finally, a soldier with actual balls!

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 10:11pm
  14. Let’s hope he prevails – @Darren my son and former husband are and were soldiers respectively and both have balls, thank you very much!

    Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 10:38pm