Remember the wife of Lt. Col. Heather Mack, Ashley Broadway, who was rejected from a private military club at Fort Bragg, which claimed Broadway couldn't join without a military ID card, but actually seemed to be discriminating against her for being gay? Well, looks like Broadway is getting the last laugh!
On Friday, she told the Associated Press that she received an invitation from the club's board in an email. At the same time, Broadway was notified that she has been named Fort Bragg's 2013 "Military Spouse of the Year" by Military Spouse magazine. And wait -- there's even MORE. Mack gave birth to the couple's second child, a baby girl, this week! Whoa, talk about news worth celebrating!
Although she had to fight what sounded like an obnoxiously uphill battle to be invited into the club, Broadway couldn't be happier, saying:
I'm pleased, I'm happy. As soon as things calm down with the baby, I want to get involved. I hate that it took so long for them to come to this conclusion. But I think things happen for a reason. ... I think if anything it's brought up a larger issue: We have two classes of service members and how they're ... not treated equally. Looking back, it's been a blessing in disguise because people are talking ... in Washington, this is being talked about.
Yep, there sure is talk. But there's also action. Not only is Broadway being asked to join the Fort Bragg spouses' club, but she told the L.A. Times that the group has added sexual orientation to the non-discrimination clause in its by-laws. VICTORY! Military Spouse of the Year, indeed!
How awesome is this?! How do you feel about Broadway's "blessing in disguise"?
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