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 The military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy was repealed in 2011, allowing members who are gay and lesbian to be open about their sexuality without facing legal rebuke.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.
None, because Noah's Ark is a fantasy story. It has as much grounding in reality as Harry Potter.
So what's your excuse?
-actually, the headline is not misleading. The story itself is about a memo released by the MARINE CORPS. If you read the entire article they go on to point out that the memo from the MARINE CORP came about after CNN did a story about an ARMY officer's wife at Ft. Bragg. It is not CNN's fault that you chose to only read the headline and became confused when the headline did not match the picture. If you had taken the time to read the entire article, you would have been a little less confused.
1. This is an ARMY issue, so the Marine leadership input has no bearing on what happens on an ARMY post.
2. I hope said Lt Col is fitter than she looks in this picture.
-once again, the Lt Col is PREGNANT....that was in the original article about the couple. And really, why does it matter? If the Army has no problem with her size, why do you?
Have you ever walked around Bragg? Trust me, not everyone is the perfect physical specimen. I think there are quite a few that missed their daily PT.
You do live in a wierd little fantasy world.
None. And there were no non-gay animals, either, since it is a mythological story.
Modern medicine is bio-genetically engineered and therefore unnatural. If you cannot stand "unnatural", make sure you don't take any modern medicine. Please don't use FB or twitter either, because they have been demonstrated to be "unproductive" and a waste of time.
God is good, atheism and those whose lifestyle is there god isn't. If you don't agree with this, take it up with God, He wrote the book, I didn't...
You're right- you didn't write it, just that post with terrible grammar.
Wrong, Correctly, god didn't write it, either. A bunch of old men wrote it who were trying to scare a bunch a ignorant tribesmen into following them.
Good for the marines. Now the other branches just need to fall in line vis a vis equality. If they don't, we'll make you.
Bigotry should find no safe haven in the armed forces.
Well, the marine do tend to lead the way.
"If you don't, we'll make you. Bigotry should find no safe haven in our armed forces."
Threaten and call folks names all you like, doesn't change the fact that this issue isn't about gays. It's about DoD ID card holders and you're blaming the spouse's club instead of the law. Also doesn't change that fact that your own use of the word "bigotry" is infact bigotry. Do you have any idea what the word means? It's "intolerance of different views." Don't you think "If you don't, we'll make you" is a bit 'intolerant' of another view? Yeah, your whole party doesn't have a clue what the word means but you've been throwing it around like candy because you hear it all the time.
It's impossible to know that someone is gay or that the gender of their spouse when they enter a club.
The women in the picture could be two sisters for all I know. This story is missing the facts.
If she wasn't allowed entry because she didn't have a department of defense ID card – that sounds like the type of problem that actually happens.
Don't blame the club – issue the cards.
Openly gay and lesbian Marines demonstrate one of the highest virtues of the Corps - courage.
@ Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer
If you read the whole story, not just this bit, you would find that they made the ID card holder rule after this lady tried to join the club. Previously, there was no ID requirement.
Good, Marines are leading the way!!
I wonder how many millions of dollars this cost us.
Letterhead and emails just aren't that expensive.
Cost us? To support those serving our country and their families? Simply because it doesn't follow "your" lifestyle doesn't mean it's wrong.
Perhaps if these wonderful women were to start handing out free assault weapons to members of the club, they'd be appointed president and vice president of the club in no time. Shame on you right wing gun/bible toting haters.
I might care about your opinion if there was a democrat who ever actually made a contribution to society instead of demanding that the Republicans who do, do more.
Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer
Yep. It was Bush and the Republicans who started the $1,000,000,000,000 war for FALSE REASONS.,
Good for the marines. Now the other branches need to fall in line vis a vis equality, and SOON. If you don't, we'll make you.
Bigotry should find no safe haven in our armed forces.
"Sky fairy" does exist. Stay out of our lives.
@Everyone else: This story isn't even about gay spouses. It was about DoD ID Card holders. The spouse made it about gays. She was denied for not having a DoD ID. The club can't change that. The DoD needs to change it's policy first.
Didn't read the story, did you?
I won't if you don't tell 90% of Americans how to live either.
@ Athiest Libertarian
Actually the club changed its rules to specifically bar her. Originally there was no requirement for ID card holders.
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