Military Spouses Group Changes Membership Policies To Exclude Lesbian

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Ashley Broadwell's wife and partner of 15 years is an officer stationed at Ft. Bragg in North Carolina, and now that the two are legally married, she sought to join the Officers' Spouse Club on base. Unfortunately, she was told she 'does not qualify.' It seems, however, that the group is going to extensive lengths to keep her out of the group, including arbitrary changes to its policy. The group told Broadwell that she could only join if the military issued her an 'active ID card,' but the Pentagon has refused to offer this service to same-sex spouses since the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. That rule, however, is not listed in the group's bylaws and was only added to the website and now-defunct Facebook page this week after Broadwell published her open letter about experiencing discrimination. (The website also, incidentally, removed the last names of the group's board members.)

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