Ashley Broadway is just like any other Army wife: She's been standing by the U.S. military and her beloved soldier, an Army lieutenant colonel, for 15 years. She's waited at home with their son Carson while her spouse was deployed to the Middle East. She's had to relocate bases, even moving to South Korea at one point.
But when the couple landed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Broadway wanted to join the Association of Bragg Officers' Spouses, she was refused membership. The private military club claims she couldn't join without a military ID card, but Broadway believes it has to do with something else ... She's gay.
Yup, turns out we are so not as progressive as we may like to think ...
The silver lining is that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was overturned. And that Broadway's been married to Lt. Col. Heather Mack since the two were legally wed in a November ceremony in Washington, D.C. But the military doesn't formally recognize same-sex marriage under the federal Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that denies many benefits to same-sex spouses. One of those benefits is military IDs. Of course!
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So surely, the excuse the Association of Bragg Officers' Spouses new membership rule they're holding over Broadway's head is ridiculous red tape they've suddenly decided is necessary ... simply because they don't want to accept a gay wife into their fold. So pathetic.
If I were Broadway, I'd want nothing to do with this club after how they've behaved. But walking away isn't the solution. What happened here is disappointing proof that while we've definitely come very far, we've still got quite a way to go. Military spouses like Broadway -- or those of us who've got her back -- shouldn't rest until all same-sex Americans and their spouses are treated equally under ALL laws. So that a club like this has no excuse -- not even one that seems legit on the surface -- to close ranks on someone like Broadway.
What do you make of what happened here?
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