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Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You, Ask What It Won’t

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In 1993, President Bill Clinton offered gays a “compromise”: You can serve in the armed forces, just don’t tell anyone you sleep with the same-sex. Ever since, the policy has always been part of a contentious debate between gays, the White House, and the Pentagon. But with a gentleman living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue who promised to repeal the policy, but now refuses to do anything of the sort, it’s helped create a breaking point between gay Americans and the man they elected to America’s highest office. Last night, PBS aired Independent Lens: Ask Not, a riveting documentary on the issue that had our military leaders looking like assholes, and young gay men and women trying to serve this country looking like victims fighting an impossible battle. Did you catch it?

MORE: Read the story of veteran Jarrod Chlapowski, who was trained as a Korean linguist and cryptologic voice interceptor, here.