|A same-sex couple will shed light on the marriage equality issue at Middle Tennessee State University on the day before Valentine’s Day.
Activist Joshua Snyder-Hill and his husband, U.S. Army Maj. Steve Snyder-Hill, will discuss the Defense of Marriage Act at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the State Farm Lecture Hall of the Business and Aerospace Building on campus.
The Snyder-Hills are plaintiffs in litigation against the federal law, commonly referred to as DOMA. The measure, which was passed by Congress in 1996, does not require states to recognize same-sex marriages from other states, which nullifies the allotment of federal benefits to the couples in most cases.
The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in the case for Wednesday, March 27.
Joshua Snyder-Hill is the founder of MarriageEvolved, a campaign to use consumer activism in support samae-sex marriage.
“MarriageEvolved will help gather people together in pulling the financial gain of marriage from states that don’t support equality to those that do,” he said in an interview published March 3, 2012, on www.MadMikesAmerica.com.
Maj. Steve Snyder-Hill was booed at the Republican Party presidential primary debate, sponsored by Fox News and Google Inc., on Sept. 21, 2011, when he asked the candidates via a pre-recorded video from his post in Iraq about the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
In a Jan. 23, 2013, interview on “The Young Turks” on Current TV, he said in "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 Josh and my marriage is not recognized.”
The Snyder-Hills were married on May 3, 2011, in Washington, D.C. They live in Columbus, Ohio.
The couple will take questions after their address. The entire event is free and open to the public.