Happy Monday! Happy MLK Day! Happy Inauguration Day! There is a lot to be happy about today it seems. I had an amazing weekend getting my serve on for National Day of Service. How about you? I hope it was splendid.
You might not know our newest SLSL by name but Ashley Broadway, a lesbian Army spouse, has become the recent face of same-sex partners in the military.
Back in December, Broadway, the newlywed wife of Lt. Col. Heather Mack, announced she was blocked from joining the Association of Bragg Officers’ Spouses, for being a lesbian. Originally, citing Broadway’s lack of a military ID as the reason she was denied, the organization now says they are reviewing their bylaws. As a way to appease Broadway, and to combat the controversy that has mounted, the ABOS offered her a “special guest membership”. Broadway said No Way!
“Ashley is not a ‘guest’ military spouse. She is a military spouse, plain and simple,” Stephen
Peters, of the American Military Partner Association, said in a statement. “So the idea that the organization, in order to end the negative attention they are getting because of their outright discrimination, wants to give her a ‘guest membership’ is not only offensive, but ridiculous.”
Amy, you might not be a super lesbian but by refusing to compromise the legitimacy your marriage you are indeed a super wife. And those who don’t like it are going to have to deal.
Do you know any SLSLs in your neck of the woods? Email me at kristi at the kword.com or tweet me @kristiweb.
FOR DISCUSSION: What do you think you would do in this situation? Would you have taken the “guest membership”?
3 thoughts on “Something Like A Super Lesbian: Ashley Broadway”
This one shows why “Civil partnerships” are not good enough. Different treatment always has to be objectionable. So, no. I would not. In the South Wales Valleys we came across working men’s clubs which gave women guest memberships, so we sent them legal woo to scare them, and they admitted the women to full membership.
I hate that we have to scare people into doing the right thing. I mean it doesn’t surprise me at all anymore but I still hate it. I didn’t even realize that the partners of LGBT members of the military don’t get miiltary IDs. You would think that was basic… but no.