Captain Stephen Hill, the gay soldier who was booed by audience members at a GOP presidential debate, has written an op-ed for The Advocate reflecting on the last year and explaining why he (and his recently married partner, Joshua) have joined seven other couples in a lawsuit brought against the federal government represented by Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN):
That suit seeks the same recognition, support, and benefits for all military families, regardless of sexual orientation. We don’t know where it will end up, but if we can play a small part in helping to pave the way for other families like ours, we feel obligated to do so.
And indeed, the year has brought with it many lessons. It has taught me that sometimes we have to fight for what we believe in, even if it means taking risks. It has reminded me that my family and I deserve the same treatment, respect, and rights as all other military families. And it has reinforced for me why I joined the military in the first place — to be a soldier.
You can read the entire article here.