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Lesbian Army Spouse Offered Full Membership to the Club

by The Next Family January 31, 2013



The officers’ spouse club at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina has offered a full membership to Ashley Broadway, the lesbian spouse of a U.S. Army officer.

The move ends a controversy running nearly two months that highlighted the unequal treatment of same-sex spouses in the military.

Broadway, who is married to Lt. Col. Heather Mack, said she will accept the offer to join the Assn. of Bragg Officers’ Spouses. Broadway said she was “overjoyed” that the group has added sexual orientation to the non-discrimination clause in its bylaws. She and Mack have two children.

“I have further reason to take pride in the Ft. Bragg military community, knowing that we, as military spouses, are able to come together to support each other, our soldiers, and our families,” Broadway said in a statement.

The spouse group rejected Broadway’s membership application in November, citing her lack of a military ID card. The cards are among many military benefits provided to opposite-sex spouses but denied to same-sex spouses, such as healthcare and housing.

Broadway believes she was rejected because she’s a lesbian. Earlier this month, she rejected an offer of “guest membership” in the spouse group. The group said she would need an ID card for full membership.

Ft. Bragg authorities have said the spouse group has broken no laws. The private group uses base facilities.

In direct contrast to the Army on January 10, the Marine Corps ordered spouse groups operating on Marine bases to admit same-sex spouses or lose their right to use base facilities. An Army spokesman has said the Army has no plans to issue a similar order.

The Department of Defense has said it is reviewing its policies with an eye toward providing same-sex spouses many of the benefits enjoyed by heterosexual spouses.

As for Broadway, this week Military Spouse Magazine named her Ft. Bragg’s 2013 “Military Spouse of the Year.”

Source: Out Military News

Originally published at The Seattle Lesbian

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