The officers’ spouses club at Ft. Bragg has finally offered a full complete membership to same-sex Ashley Broadway, ending the club’s discrimination based on sexual orientation. The Association of Bragg Officers’ Spouses (ABOS) released this statement explaining the update to its policies:
After further reviewing the (club’s) constitution, by-laws and internal procedures, the ABOS Board felt that in order to immediately support all military Officer spouses who are eligible for ABOS membership a more inclusive definition of spouse was needed. Therefore, any Spouse of an active duty commissioned or warrant Officer with a valid marriage certificate from any state or district in the United States is eligible for ABOS membership,” the club’s board said in a statement.
ABOS does not discriminate based on race, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, creed, or sexual orientation. ABOS would like to publicly invite Ms. Broadway to apply for full membership to ABOS. It is and always has been our mission to support all military families.
This is quite the turnaround from November, when ABOS arbitrarily required Broadway to present a military ID, which are still not provided to same-sex military spouses. Earlier this month, the group offered her a “guest membership,” which she rejected. Now, she’s “overjoyed” to join as a full member:
BROADWAY: I have further reason to take pride in the Ft. Bragg military community, knowing that we, as military spouses, are able to come together to support each other, our soldiers, and our families.
Though this change ends the controversy for Broadway, it does not end the many questions that remain since Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was repealed in 2011, such as equal access to housing benefits, military ID cards, legal services, and other spousal privileges.. Though the Pentagon has supposedly been “reviewing” how it will handle same-sex couples now that they aren’t hidden from view, no action has been taken in those 16 months. The White House continues to dodge questions, saying no more than, “this issue has the president’s attention.”