Whatever else happens with Don't Ask, Don't Tell -- whether the Obama administration lets the permanent injunction stand or appeals the ruling -- the policy has had 17 years to work its corrosion on our military in particular and our national psyche as a whole.
Tonight on the show, we'll hear from two gay members of the military who've been serving their country under DADT. You have to remember what it's like to be a teenager in a country that treats you as less-than, one of them tells us:
Lately we've had a rash of gay bashing, gay suicides, and I look at these kids and think about if I was in their shoes when I was 15, 16, 17, 18 years old.
It does make a difference that the government has a policy that says you are not good enough to serve in the U.S. military.
You can't say DADT leads directly to gay kids killing themselves, this officer cautions. But you can try to make life, and the armed forces, better. These are profound interviews, about a profound story, from troops who know they're putting their careers on the line for talking to us. Be there at 9 p.m. Eastern.