While more states have started to practice marriage equality this year, our society continues to play catch up with other changing policies and laws about same-sex couples. This is especially true in the U.S. military, even after the draconian law of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) was repealed in 2010.
While the federal law has changed in terms of military service, some
ancillary groups have yet to change policies that have caused great
consternation and heartache among many couples. In other words, there is
more work to be done. We only find out about the old rules that need to
be changed as people bump up against them.
This was brought to the forefront recently when Ashley Broadway, wife
of Lt. Col. Heather Mack, was initially denied membership in the
Association of (Ft) Bragg Officers’ Spouses group (ABOS) because she was
in a same-sex relationship with Lt. Col. Mack (even though ABOS
declares they are supportive of all military families). The by-laws of
ABOS had not been reviewed and “updated” to include military spouses in
same-sex couples. As a compromise, they offered Ashley Broadway a “guest
membership,” even though she is a military spouse.
Read more here: http://www.parentsociety.com/todays-family/same-sex-parents/report-theres-no-equality-for-same-sex-couples-in-the-u-s-military/
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