SAN DIEGO -- For most people, an invitation to sing the national anthem at a San Diego Padres baseball game would be the thrill of a lifetime. Not so for Bobby Thompson.
In 2007, with retirement from the Navy just a few years away, singing publicly with the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus meant that he could be fired under the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. And not only that, he could lose his retirement benefits after nearly 20 years of service.
So, with a heavy heart, Thompson sat in the stands and remained silent while his friends proudly sang the “Star Spangled Banner.”