In the September 2011 Republican presidential primaries in Florida -- and soon after the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" -- Stephen Snyder-Hill, who was then serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq, posed a question to then-presidential hopeful Rick Santorum. Snyder-Hill asked if Santorum would "circumvent the progress that’s been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military," and the crowd's reaction became infamous.
"The late '50s, they stopped segregation in the army for African-Americans; the late '60s, interracial marriage was allowed; it was unconstitutional to make it illegal and here we are half a century forward and [our] marriage is not recognized," said Snyder-Hill during his on-air interview. "Just following the natural progression of civil rights, that's what we are asking for as well."
Among some of the couple's efforts to fight for national marriage equality include sharing their story in a video campaign for "Freedom To Marry" and fighting to have their last names legally changed to "Snyder-Hill" in Ohio, a state that does not recognize their marriage in Washington, D.C.
The Supreme Court will hear cases against Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act in late March and will render a decision in late June.