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ABOS Offers “Second Class” Membership to Military Spouse

For immediate release:
Friday, January 18, 2013

Contact: Zeke Stokes at
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Fort Bragg Spouses Club Offers “Second-Class” Membership to Same-Sex Military Spouse
Robinson says latest discriminatory move is irrational, calls on the Pentagon to intervene

(WASHINGTON DC) Army veteran and OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Allyson Robinson responded today to the latest move in the ongoing controversy surrounding the Association of Bragg Officers’ Spouses, which for more than a month was silent following the rejection of Ashley Broadway, a same-sex military spouse seeking membership. As was first reported in BuzzFeed, the club has now extended what it calls a “guest membership” to Broadway while it reviews its policies, an offer Broadway says she intends to decline.

“This is an irrational and half-hearted solution to a very real problem and this latest statement only proves that the Association of Bragg Officers' Spouses will do anything to take the spotlight off their discriminatory behavior – that is, anything but the right thing. Ashley Broadway and other gay and lesbian military families don't make 'second class' sacrifices to support their service members and our country. They deserve better than 'second class' status,” said Robinson.

Robinson renewed calls on the Pentagon to intervene, issue clear guidance, and extend family recognition, support, and benefits to gay and lesbian service members to the extent possible under current law.

“There is no reason that Ashley and others like her cannot be full members of organizations like this. The Marines have made that clear. Unfortunately, other military leaders at the Pentagon have largely refused to acknowledge the sacrifices made by gay and lesbian military families – sacrifices that are all the greater because they make them without the same level of support from their leaders and communities that opposite sex spouses take for granted every day,” she said.

“The Ft. Bragg community ought to be ashamed of ABOS's stubborn refusal to open their doors fully to all families. America ought to be ashamed of the Pentagon's stubborn refusal to do anything about it,” she said.

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.

 

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