Target: Mary Ring, Association of Bragg Officers’ Spouses President
Goal: Let the wife of a female lieutenant colonel join a club for the spouses of military officers.
A military wife married to a female lieutenant was denied admittance to the Association of Bragg Officers’ Spouses, a club for military spouses. Ashley Broadway and her partner Lt. Colonel Heather Mack have been together for 15 years, marrying after the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the policy banning openly gay service members from the military. They have a two-year-old son and another child on the way.
The Association had told Broadway that she could not be admitted into the club because she lacks a military spouse identification card. However, the bylaws of this spouse’s group make no mention of requiring its members to have a military-issued spouse identification card, and in addition, because of certain laws still in effect, this particular base does not give out spouse identification cards to same-sex couples. Broadway believes she was denied solely based on the fact that she is a lesbian.
Broadway was excited to finally be able to be a part of something in the military and support her wife after the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. She was devastated to learn her membership request was denied. She decided to write a letter to the president of the spouse’s club, which was posted on the Huffington Post, asking her to reconsider her application. In the letter, she provides numerous examples of what makes her an excellent candidate to become a member of the club. Broadway has played an active role in the military community. She has tutored children in reading, worked with local Humane Societies and has volunteered as a family coordinator for the American Military Partner Association.
Ashley Broadway has to deal with the same issues of being married to a person in the military as everyone else does. She deserves to be a part of a support system designed to help spouses deal with these issues. Sign the petition to demand she is allowed to join the Association of Bragg Officers’ Spouses.
Dear Ms. Ring,
The development of support groups and clubs for spouses of military officials is something that could be of great benefit to everyone. Having a support system to take care of each other and comfort each other when spouses are away is an excellent resource. Not only does this provide an outlet for the spouses, but it also, in a little way, helps the brave people serving in the military feel better about leaving their spouse behind.
Denying Ashley Broadway acceptance into your association is unacceptable. She deserves to be a part of the association as much as any of the other spouses. Your unwelcoming response to Broadway borders on homophobia and undoes all of the progress that the military has made recently, especially with the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Please rethink your decision and allow Ashley Broadway to join the Association of Bragg Officers’ Spouses.
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