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Marine Corps orders spouses clubs to allow same sex members

Posted by on Jan. 10, 2013 at 3:28 AM
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Noting Army flap, Marine Corps orders its spouses clubs to allow same-sex members

Courtesy of Ashley Broadway

Ashley Broadway, left, married her 15-year companion, Lt. Col. Heather Mack, in November — their first chance to hold a formal ceremony after the 2011 repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell."

Marine Corps leaders have directed their legal teams to alert spouses clubs at all Marine bases to begin allowing same-sex spouses as members if those social groups want to continue operating on Marine installations, Marine officials confirmed to NBC News Wednesday evening.

In an all-hands memo to legal offices across the branch, the Marine commandant's Staff Judge Advocate warned against discrimination based on sexual orientation, and he specifically mentioned a controversial decision made last month by the officers' spouses club at the Army's Fort Bragg to deny access to the same-sex spouse of a female Army lieutenant.

NBC News reported Dec. 14 that Ashley Broadway, the newlywed wife of Lt. Col. Heather Mack, was blocked from joining the spouses club at Fort Bragg, N.C., sparking accusations from a national military spouses organization that Broadway was being blackballed only because she is a lesbian.

The Marine memo, issued Tuesday, described the Fort Bragg club’s stance as having “caused quite a stir” and added, “We do not want a story like this developing in our backyard,” confirmed Capt. Eric Flanagan, a Marine Corps spokesman.

“The order was pretty much using (the Fort Bragg events) as an example to clarify our policy,” Flanagan said. “We stated that the policy is to be non-discriminatory.

“We don’t control what (the spouses clubs) do. But they get support from the Marine Corps so that they can hold their meetings on base or at Department of Defense facilities. So, in order to do that, they do have to follow Marine Corp policies,” he added. “We expect that all who are interested in supporting Marine Corps family readiness would be welcome to participate and will be treated with dignity and respect.”

Broadway married Mack, her 15-year companion, in November — their first chance to hold a formal ceremony after the 2011 repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” the policy that kept gays from openly serving in the military. The couple has a 2-year-old son and Mack, who is pregnant, is expected to deliver their second child this month. 

“I commend the commandant and the Marine officials for being able to take a look and really think about what is going on, and basically realizing that, hey, we’ve got same-sex Marines that are married, and we need to support their families,” Broadway told NBC News on Wednesday night.

“This is a huge step in the right direction. I applaud them.”

Broadway, who recently met with the garrison commander at Fort Bragg in her continuing bid to gain membership to the officers spouses club, remains banned from attending the group’s functions. But she said the Marine Corp’s re-emphasized policy could apply public pressure on Army officials to take the same approach.

“I would imagine so. I would probably say the Navy would follow suit and then the Air Force and the Army will take a look and say, you know what, this is the right thing,” Broadway said. “As a loyal Army wife, I would have liked to have seen it from my own branch first. But hey, I’m very excited for my Marine brothers and sisters.”

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Clairwil
by Gold Member on Jan. 10, 2013 at 5:28 AM
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Quoting ..MoonShine..:

“I commend the commandant and the Marine officials for being able to take a look and really think about what is going on, and basically realizing that, hey, we’ve got same-sex Marines that are married, and we need to support their families,” Broadway told NBC News on Wednesday night.

When the US military finally decided that black soldiers were soldiers, just the same as white solders, they didn't do a half-assed job.   They used the ability the military has to actually do large hard tasks and do them right, and they integrated fully.   As a result, the military support of black people has been an enormous boost: a power for good in society.

I think the same is going to happen with homosexual soldiers.

The military were not early adopters.  They were not quick off the mark.  Clinton (and Obama) were much more cautious about making the change than many of their supporters would have wished.   But that change has now been made, in proper style with due consultations and so forth.    And I think we're now going to see the effect of having the full might of the US military behind that change.

There will be some bad stories, and some die-hard opposers still in the military, but the change will happen, and the military will be stronger for it.

Eventually they're going to do the same as Israel, and allow women to apply for all roles (including infantry), but that's a fight for another president.

sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Jan. 10, 2013 at 5:38 AM


Quoting Clairwil:

Quoting ..MoonShine..:



“I commend the commandant and the Marine officials for being able to take a look and really think about what is going on, and basically realizing that, hey, we’ve got same-sex Marines that are married, and we need to support their families,” Broadway told NBC News on Wednesday night.

When the US military finally decided that black soldiers were soldiers, just the same as white solders, they didn't do a half-assed job.   They used the ability the military has to actually do large hard tasks and do them right, and they integrated fully.   As a result, the military support of black people has been an enormous boost: a power for good in society.

I think the same is going to happen with homosexual soldiers.

The military were not early adopters.  They were not quick off the mark.  Clinton (and Obama) were much more cautious about making the change than many of their supporters would have wished.   But that change has now been made, in proper style with due consultations and so forth.    And I think we're now going to see the effect of having the full might of the US military behind that change.

There will be some bad stories, and some die-hard opposers still in the military, but the change will happen, and the military will be stronger for it.

Eventually they're going to do the same as Israel, and allow women to apply for all roles (including infantry), but that's a fight for another president.

Agree!

In most cases progress isn't easy but always worth it

mikiemom
by Silver Member on Jan. 10, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Way to go Marine Corps. :) you know they always lead the charge for what is right, no matter what battle it is.

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jan. 10, 2013 at 3:27 PM
Quoting Clairwil:





Speaking of Israel, maybe Obama will just force them to Nuke us and put us out of our misery.

If there was ever a Sodom and Gomorrah, it's the current US.
..MoonShine..
by Bronze Member on Jan. 10, 2013 at 3:30 PM
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Quoting Billiejeens:

Quoting Clairwil:





Speaking of Israel, maybe Obama will just force them to Nuke us and put us out of our misery.

If there was ever a Sodom and Gomorrah, it's the current US.

Quite a statement to make. You may be miserable. I, myself, am quite happy. 

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