Military spouse club finally offers same-sex spouse membership
It was only after Ashley Broadway earned the titled of “spouse of the year” for Fort Bragg that the base’s spouse club let Broadway — who is married to Lt. Col. Heather Mack — into the group, reported NBC News.
It was also after the group offered her a “special guest membership,” which she told NBC was “extremely demeaning.”
But then Broadway became Fort Bragg’s spouse of the year — a title she won through the magazine Military Spouse. The publication holds a yearly poll for bases, the winners of which then go on to the branch level. The winner of each branches is then a nominee for the overall 2013 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year.
Broadway said she would now accept the invitation to join the Fort Bragg spouse group, explaining to NBC News that she needed “to educate some of the naysayers that are in that group and show them my family is just like their family.”
Broadway and Mack married in November 2012, after the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” They have been together for 15 years and have two children, a toddler and a newborn.
The Fort Bragg group claims it never actually denied Broadway because, it claims, she never filed a formal application. Broadway says she was denied membership and then denied a request to speak to the group about the issue.
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