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Military Spouses Group Rejects Lesbian Servicemember’s Wife

Call It Out HRCPost submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

A military spouses group at Fort Bragg is denying membership to the lesbian wife of an Army Lt. Col., claiming that because she doesn’t have a valid military ID, she cannot join. Currently, only opposite-sex spouses of servicemembers are eligible to receive a military ID card. It’s one of many barriers that same-sex military families face because of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act.

Allyson Robinson, the executive director of OutServe-SLDN, says the spouses group is not formally affiliated with the military and, therefore, under no obligation to follow military rules:

The facts here are simple: there is no legal need or justification for any spouse to be excluded from a group like this, which exists to provide support to the spouses and families of our military men and women and the communities they serve. Though the organization operates on Ft. Bragg with permission from the Commanding General, the group is not formally affiliated with the military and is not required to bar membership to Ashley. In the absence of a reply from the Association, we are left with no option but to reach out to the base’s leadership. General Allyn needs to know if there is discrimination happening against the military families in his community.

According to BuzzFeed, the Association has made several updates to its website since this story broke - including publishing a new requirement that members must possess a valid military ID.

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