09/23/2011 09:42 am ET Updated Nov 23, 2011

With 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Gone, Gay Sailor's Mother Can Rest

A small American flag with the words "God Bless America" is taped to the front window Dorothy Hajdys-Clausen's home. In November of 1992 that American flag was presented to Dorothy at the gravesite of her son Allen Schindler Jr.

Schindler was murdered Oct. 27, 1992 in Japan. His murder was classified as a hate crime many years later. The reason, because he was gay and could no longer conceal that while serving in the U.S. Navy.

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