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FOR THE LOVE OF MY COUNTRY is a documentary that delves into the controversy behind “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the 1993 law that prohibits gay and lesbian servicemembers from revealing their sexual orientation under penalty of losing their reputations and their livelihoods. During his presidential campaign, Barack Obama pledged to repeal the law. As early as the fall of 2009, Congress will begin hearings to re-examine the viability of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

FOR THE LOVE OF MY COUNTRY will not only explore “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” from the perspective of United States servicemembers, but will also dialogue with those serving in the militaires of other countries, such as Israel and the United Kingdom, which allow gays and lesbians to serve openly. FOR THE LOVE OF COUNTRY will examine the uniquely “American” puritanical traditions that led to the political compromise that we now know as, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," enacted to please everyone, but ends up pleasing no one.




FOR THE LOVE OF MY COUNTRY will examine the pragmatic concerns of maintaining a military in the 21st century, which has thus far been fraught with military combat. United States troops are serving multiple deployments overseas; no end is in sight. Demand for troops increases, yet recruitment is at an all-time low. Meanwhile, dedicated and skilled servicemembers are discharged and deprived of their careers for no reason other than their status as gay or lesbian.

FOR THE LOVE OF MY COUNTRY will feature interviews with active military personnel and veterans – men and women, gay and straight, American and foreign – to test the notions of those who insist that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly and honestly would undermine military effectiveness. Topics of discussion will include privacy matters, personnel policies, unit effectiveness, family benefits, training, and leadership, all of which may be impacted by the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Tom Carpenter, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, former Marine and member of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network Military Advisory Council is the Technical Advisor for the project. Historical background on the influence of homosexuality in American military life, starting as early as the American Revolution, is provided by Robert Dawidoff, Professor of History at Claremont College. Other experts to be interviewed are mental health professionals, clergy, constitutional law scholars, and civil rights lawyers.




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