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Clinton-era military official compared gay people to Nazis, rapists, and the KKK

If you need any evidence of how far LGBT rights have come since the 1990s, just look at the newly released documents from the Clinton White House.

At a White House meeting in 1993, a military official reportedly compared coming out as gay to admitting to being a Nazi, rapist, or Ku Klux Klan member:

Clinton military officials 1993

That reads, "Need to proclaim I'm gay same as I'm KKK, Nazi, rapist. Fractures teamwork. 'I commit act' Amer[ica] doesn't accept."

Today, it's hard to imagine a public official getting away with a comment like that. Gay and lesbian — but not transgender — Americans can now serve openly in the military, and same-sex couples can marry in 27 states.