When Stephen Hill and Joshua Snyder went to the courthouse to officially hyphenate their last names together, they ended up pulled aside in a room with the magistrate. The Columbus, Ohio, couple were celebrating their one-year anniversary after having been married in Washington, D.C.
Snyder says “it was kind of humiliating” to expect a name change would be no big deal and have it turn out so differently. “They basically told us to lie. They didn’t use the word ‘lie,’ but they basically said if you use the word ‘marriage,’ it will get denied.”
But Hill refused to lie any longer, having served in the military for two decades under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. And so the couple filed their request to change their last names with marriage clearly labeled as their reason.
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