It apparently takes more than a few good men, according to the U.S. Marine Corps. It takes all kinds of people to support military families, including same-sex spouses of service members.
CNN published a story this week about a woman married to a female lieutenant colonel at Fort Bragg who believes she was rejected from an officers' spouse club because she's gay. Less than a day later, Maj. Gen. Vaughn Ary advised Marine Corps legal staff such clubs conducting business on its bases must admit same-same spouses. If they do not, the clubs will be barred from meeting on any Marine Corps installation.
Ary wrote that clubs cannot discriminate against any member because of "race, color, creed, sex, age, disability, or national origin. We would interpret a spouse's club's decision to exclude a same-sex spouse as sexual discrimination because the exclusion was based upon the spouse's sex."
Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Eric Flanagan, who provided a portion of the memo to CNN, said, "We expect that all who are interested in supporting Marine Corps Family Readiness would be welcome to participate and will be treated with dignity and respect."
Flanagan said the Marines Corps was clarifying its policy for its members and would not have control over activities concerning Fort Bragg which is an Army installation.
Fort Bragg Garrison Commander Col. Jeffrey Sanborn, told CNN earlier this week that he could do nothing about Ashley Broadway's rejection by the Association of Bragg Officers' club because the group was private. On Thursday, Bragg spokesman Ben Abel told CNN that Sanborn has not received any guidance from Army lawyers that would change what the garrison commander said previously.
Broadway told CNN she was happy about the statement the Marines gave, but that more could be done. She said that the spouse club at Bragg has not reached out to her.
"I hope that the Pentagon and Secretary of Defense will take some action on this," she said. "They can step in and change some policies too so this wouldn't be a problem for any service member no matter their branch."
The Defense Department has said that it must follow federal law set forth in the Defense of Marriage Act, a law passed in 1996 that denies many benefits to same-sex spouses. The military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy was repealed in 2011, allowing members who are gay and lesbian to be open about their sexuality without facing legal rebuke.
This week, Broadway was named one of several nominees to be Military Spouse of the Year 2013. Tens of thousands of military personnel will vote on the nominees.
Gurgyl, you're just mad because they stopped issuing lizard skin body armor.
My battle axe and I have no problem with this – don't care who the Marine loves as long as he does his job.
Just more political correct nonsense. This club should start to meet off base to make the point that they will not be bullied by this liberal base commander.
What "liberal base commander" would that be? Col. Sanborn took no action. There is something to be said for reading comprehension, or, in your case, lack thereof.
I guess anyone who wants to keep traditions like marriage the same are now bigots.
Just close the clubs.
People who read Old Testment in the Bible about King David and Jonathan son of Saul may wonder what kind of relationship between these men?
Meanwhile at the Pentagon Situation Room....
interesting...the military has made itself a judicial body! i believe north carolina does not reconize and bans same s3x marriage in its const tu tion. such gall that policy can upsurp law and the will of the north carolina citizens. they should file a congressional complaint to their rep that this militant commander don't have the exclusive power to undermine and overturn the representative processes of the citizens of north carolina. that commander should be reassigned to a base/state which tolerates such lewd indiscretions.
It's a federal installation, so military regulations and orders prevail.
Your version of the USA should die. Alas, it continues to thrive in many benighted minds.
So, when can we expect soldiers marrying children? Or soldiers marrying cats, goats, & dead people? Is the Marines "the few, the proud" that support NAMBLA? I think I'm gonna be sick
Too late. Yoare already sick, as in mentally ill.
This is disgusting. Not the proud Corps I served with in Vietnam. Glad I am long since out.
out of the closet?
Well, SSgt Zielinski, if you're a xenophobe and a bigot, then we're all glad you're out of the Marines. Thanks for your service, but this is the 21st century. There's no room for the ignorant and the intolerant in the Marines, or any other American Armed Services.
I'm so glad that the Maj Gen made this statement! I hope the government and other military branches head in the same direction.
All the more reasons to repeal DOMA, so that all deserving spouses and family members can enjoy EQUAL benefits. A unified voice is needed, and maybe a "boycott" of those clubs!
You know how many guys in the military they have probably heard that from? It only reinforces the fact that they just aren't attracted to males.
While I will never agree with the LGBT lifestyle, I will also never agree with discrimination. Tolerance(agreeing to disagree) still requires respect of other peoples opinion. That being said, those in the LGBT community need to practice what they preach.
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