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Marine Corps to spouse clubs: Allow same-sex members or you don't operate on base
Ashley Broadway, left, and her wife, Lt. Col. Heather Mack. Broadway says a Fort Bragg spouse club rejected her.
January 10th, 2013
10:12 AM ET

Marine Corps to spouse clubs: Allow same-sex members or you don't operate on base

By Ashley Fantz, CNN

(CNN) - 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. Late Wednesday, 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."

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.

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."

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Nate

    Fort Bragg is Army, not Marine.

    January 22, 2013 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • victoria

      where's the like button?

      January 26, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mindcrime

    Bubba, both of these human beings hold more value than you.

    January 14, 2013 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bubba

    OK she can join the club..
    But, we don't have to like her, do we?

    January 11, 2013 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      No. Just like you're allowed to post here but I don't have to like you.

      January 13, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |