The decisions political leaders make today can influence a country for years afterward. For example, in 1993 Bill Clinton implemented the don't ask, don't tell policy for gays in the military and in 1996 the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was signed, which denies federal recognition of gay marriages.
So, how do these acts affect gay people in America? Find out here:
Gays in the Military: Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy
Same-Sex Marriage: Federal Defense of Marriage Act