Bill Shipley had a distinguished career as an officer in the Coast Guard. His son, Adam Shipley, was going to follow in his father's footsteps and join the Navy. When Adam told his father that he thought gays should not be in the military, his father revealed for the first time that he was gay. Bill wanted to protect his son from living his life in the closet. Not long after, Adam came out as gay, and gave up his plans to join the military and marry a woman.