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FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- A woman who is married to a female Army officer at Fort Bragg and who was recently denied membership in its officers' spouses club said late Friday that she has been invited to become a full member.
Ashley Broadway told the Associated Press that she received the invitation from the club's board in an email Friday.
The invitation came on the same day that Broadway also learned she'd been named Fort Bragg's 2013 "Military Spouse of the Year" by Military Spouse magazine. She is married to Lt. Col. Heather Mack, who gave birth this week to the couple's second child, a baby girl.
"I'm pleased, I'm happy," Broadway said by phone Friday night. "As soon as things calm down with the baby, I want to get involved. I hate that it took so long for them to come to this conclusion. But I think things happen for a reason. I'm a very devout Christian. I've had faith in God this whole time. I think if anything it's brought up a larger issue: We have two classes of service members and how they're... not treated equally."
"Looking back, it's been a blessing in disguise because people are talking... in Washington, this is being talked about," she added.
(Ft Bragg, NC) Ashley Broadway, the military spouse embroiled in an ongoing discrimination controversy at Fort Bragg, was announced today at that base's Military Spouse of the Year, following an online vote by her peers and supporters.
"Today's announcement that Ashley Broadway will represent the military spouses at Ft Bragg and be among those eligible to be named national military spouse of the year only underscores how out of touch many of our military leaders are with the communities and the nation they serve. It is past time for the Pentagon to catch up and honor the service and sacrifice of all military families. If Ashley's peers can bestow this honor on her, how can the Pentagon continue to pretend her family and others like them don't even exist, and continue to delay taking actions currently in its authority to treat them the same as all other military families?" said Army Veteran and OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Allyson Robinson.
OutServe- SLDN has ramped up its pressure in recent days for Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to take action on benefits and support for LGBT military families before his tenure ends. For a list of benefits that could be extended now, click here.
ABOUT OUTSERVE-SLDN: OutServe-SLDN is the association of actively serving LGBT military personnel with more than fifty chapters and 6000 members around the world It works to support a professional network of LGBT military personnel and create an environment of respect in the military with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity. It is a non-partisan, non-profit, legal services and policy organization dedicated to bringing about full LGBT equality to America's military and ending all forms of discrimination and harassment of military personnel on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. OS-SLDN provides free and direct legal assistance to service members and veterans affected by the repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law and the prior regulatory ban on open service, as well as those currently serving who may experience harassment or discrimination. For more information, visit www.outserve-sldn.org.