Gay Military Wife Offered Full Membership to Club That Refused Her

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ashley broadwayRemember 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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bills... billsfan1104

If she didn't have an ID card stating that she was a military spouse, then it WASN'T because she was gay. My sister can't join the club without an Military ID card. What makes her special??

the4m... the4mutts

Lets assume for a second, that it was dscrimination. Why would she want to be in the club after that? I dont want to be somewhere that doesnt want me there. If a place discriminated againt me for having kids out of wedlock (for example) or because I am bi-sexual, then screw them! They dont deserve my presence if they're going to be so petty.

If it was soley the ID card matter, well, its remidied now, and not news-worthy, as filling out paper work and getting proper ID is never newsworthy.

shesl... shesliketx

Billsfan- I think what Broadway was trying to convey was that if she wasn't gay, she would be a recognized "dependent" of her spouse, in which case she would have an ID card.

nonmember avatar Kasi

why does someone who chooses an "alternative" lifestyle bitch about being treated different? You are different, suck it up and deal with it.

nonmember avatar Linda Glidden

I credit her for being the bigger person! Why shouldnt she join the club. The story here is very one sided. Why didnt they allow her to join? It could have been the whole id card thing, but honestly, im a part of a private org spouse club & if we want to we can vote a person in on special conditions as an honorary member. It really just depends on their bylaws really. I know it sounds silly to somebut if you dont stick to what the bylaws say you are opening a floodgate of trouble! Maybe they just now renewed their bylaws as well. It could have been the previous board who denied her & now it could be an entirely new board. Either way im happy for her & you should not keep a couple of bad eggs from letting be a part of something or doing something you enjoy! If you are nefetive & refuse to be a part of it & you are bitter, well then you would be a hipocrit & no better than those who judged you in the first place if that is what realky happened.

Sandi Duranceau-Kubiaczyk

If she is "married" as was stated, then why doesn't she have an "ID" card. As soon as you are married within the military, that card is issued. So, why didn't she have the card?

shesl... shesliketx

Because her marriage isn't recognized by the federal government or by the military...

Stanley James

All I can say is AmericA is making progress. Soon the sign DOMA will hang over the entrance to the DC garbage dump.

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