Gay Spouses To Be Offered "Special Membership" to Fort Bragg Club

A decision has been reached and offered to Ashley Broadway.

Board members with the Fort Bragg officers’ spouses’ club announced Thursday night that they are willing to issue gay spouse Ashley Broadway and others like her a “special Guest Membership” to their club after originally denying her admittance because she is not a DoD ID card holder.

“In a continued attempt to support all military families, the (Association of Bragg Officers’ Spouses) Board would like to offer Ms. Broadway a special Guest Membership,” the statement released late tonight said according to a Spouse Buzz news report.

Since the "don't ask, don't tell" law took effect 14 months ago, the Defense Department has kept in place policies that bar spouses of same-gender couples from having military identification cards, shopping on base, living in base housing or participating in certain family support programs.

Harnett Hawkdriver January 20, 2013 at 05:40 PM
First of all DADT does not trump the defense of marraige act on a federal (military) level. On a local level NC does not recognize same sex "unions". If a private club wants to bend to the court of media and public opinion then that is their business. The next exception will be that non-spouses will put the pressure on. Since she is not a DOD ID holder she has no privledges on post and can't even buy gas. Should make for some interesting trips to post facilities such as the commisary. OH, sorry she can't get in there either. Ms. Broadway, enjoy your 15 minutes and I am sure your girlfriends carrer won't suffer...
amber tide January 26, 2013 at 02:23 AM
Update: she's in, and rightly so. Solid victory for Ashley and LTC Mack, bitter pill for the Ft Bragg wives club that had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the new millennium. Spouse support shouldn't have glass ceilings.


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