Former Marine Reaches Out To Gay Friends

Friday, May 02, 2014

When Roger Huffstetler served in the Marines, he slept next to Sgt. Terry Santiago. Huffstetler didn’t know Santiago was gay until they came home from Afghanistan.

Huffstetler also had a childhood friend named Andy Lane. He also didn’t know Lane was gay until many years later.

When he found out that both men were engaged to be married to other men, Huffstetler started wondering “could I have been a better friend to these two guys?” So he set out to make amends with Lane and Santiago.

All three men speak to Here & Now’s Robin Young.


  • Roger Dean Huffstetler, former Marine Corps sergeant.
  • Andrew Lane, grew up in Newnan, Georgia, with Roger Huffstetler.
  • Terry Santiago, served as a Marine Corps sergeant with Roger Huffstetler.
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