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Why do I say 'gotta be christian', well this did happen at Fort Bragg, near the coast of bible belt state of North Carolina bible thumpers who've continually shown their total intolerance of many existing in the society and communities around them, if you buy into the same bible teachings they say they strictly adhere as written that jesus taught, and from an elitist group in the hierarchy  of our military forces.

I could be wrong, about the christian thing, but doubt it.

Which probably took the members of out of the running for the Fort Bragg 'Spouse of the Year' award for the many who voted.

Spouses club relents, says lesbian Army wife can be 'full member'

25 January 2013 - Hours after same-sex Army wife Ashley Broadway was named Fort Bragg's 2013 “spouse of the year,” the on-base spouses club — that has for two months rebuffed Broadway's bid to join — fully reversed course and invited her "to become a full member," according to emails sent to NBC News and Broadway.

The decision comes one week after the Association of Bragg Officers' Spouses (ABOS) extended Broadway — who is married to Army Lt. Col. Heather Mack — a "special guest membership," an invitation she declined and called "extremely demeaning."

"After further reviewing the (club's) constitution, by-laws and internal procedures, the ABOS Board felt that in order to immediately support all military Officer spouses who are eligible for ABOS membership a more inclusive definition of spouse was needed. Therefore, any Spouse of an active duty commissioned or warrant Officer with a valid marriage certificate from any state or district in the United States is eligible for ABOS membership," the club's board said in a statement. read more>>>

Would be some what interesting, doubt on base, to see what the ministers sermons will be this sunday in regards to all this. This being North Carolina there will be at least a few who either mention that this shouldn't have happened, the award and the quick relenting on membership, or whole sermons from the pulpits will be dedicated to the issue and showing the intolerance as they often do probably with clapping of support from the pews!

Also would be interesting on how many spouses will either quit the club or stop participating thus showing their total intolerance and bringing about questions as to the officers they're married to ideologies in this day and age of No More 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' and now women being accepted into the combat roles, Officially, they've already been a part of in many ways and especially in these two recent wars of choice.

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  •  Tip Jar (19+ / 0-)

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 05:50:39 AM PST

  •  I saw this story late last night on a news site. (9+ / 0-)

    It was worth one and a half coffee spews.  

    I have a feeling Ms. Broadway is a charming person who will win over a lot of others simply by being herself.  However, being married to an O-5 will give her a lot more clout in the group than if her wife was a lowly O-1 or O-2.  The group was embarrassed to be the focus of an international spotlight and then the lesbian spouse they were shunning is elected top dog and stands a good chance of winning the next round as well.  That is a slapdown of epic proportions.  

    Progress marches on.  More or less.

    The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

    by Otteray Scribe on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 06:02:28 AM PST

    •  Not only Fort Bragg (7+ / 0-)

      But especially in these past years and the news coming out of the base, when connected to religious ideologies especially, and from an elitist group on the base, they not only greatly embarrassed themselves but their military officer others and I'll bet those others were not only known on the base but understood how this all looked for their careers and beyond.

      Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

      by jimstaro on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 06:13:42 AM PST

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    •  From the read (5+ / 0-)

      Of Milk Men And Women's diary, linked above, last night and the media outlets readings about Ms Broadway, if I were her I'd start another club, inclusive to all, and watch this other wither away. Though I doubt she's as vindictive as the other showed themselves to be as well as extensions of their Military officer others.

      Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

      by jimstaro on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 06:20:37 AM PST

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    •  Ahh Yes, the old Hindu caste system (3+ / 0-)
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      still alive and well in the US Military.

      That passed by; this can, too. - Deor

      by stevie avebury on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 10:18:55 AM PST

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    •  This smells a lot like the Gwinnett COunty GA (2+ / 0-)
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      school board refusing to remove Harry Potter from the public school shelves because a Christian loony wanted it gone because--WITCHES! They hate Jesus. Only reason they didn't cave is that the story went national and international, and the head of the school board was heard to mumble about being a global laughingstock.

      The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

      by irishwitch on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 01:12:21 PM PST

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  •  Gotcha (6+ / 0-)

    As the club now knows for sure, they are 'way less influential than their leaders thought. And 'way more antiquated. My bet is that Ms. Broadway, if she chooses to participate, will find most members quite welcoming. Presumably, many voted for her in the base contest already. Ditto on Otteray Scribe's previous comment. At least in the old days, a few spouses tended to believe hubby's rank was theirs, too.  We have changing attitudes to thank for this news, but also the rapidly changed rate and breadth of communications.  The base Public Affairs Officer probably didn't know what hit him or her when this story broke.

  •  and another step towards re-claiming our full (4+ / 0-)

    humanity is taken - and I was really happy to see the dear ladies of Ft. Hood will also welcome any spouse of a commissioned or warrent officer - reguardless of gender. So, the male spouses - gay or straight - now get in, too.

    I wonder if their very special Bridge tournaments will soon compete with poker nights . . .

    Those who fought the war in Afghanistan won it. Get them out of Afghanistan NOW . . . It's long past time. Those who want to wage the next war in Afghanistan are condemned to lose it.

    by llbear on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 08:13:50 AM PST

  •  Not so sure the Religious climate (1+ / 0-)
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    of North Carolina is an issue. Ft. Bragg is a huge base in and of itself and largely populated by people from elsewhere - Career Army and trainees. The Army has it's own quirks of course, and this whole Kerflffle is much like Officer's Wives clubs anywhere, depending on who is running them. Very Socially Concerned, and often follows the lead of the senior officer's wife. I have no doubt wives of the "lowly" O-1 and 02s (I was O3, and we company grade officers and our NCOs got most of the work done) had few problems with this Same-sex marriage stuff, but when the Colonel's or General's wife takes a position, it's a problem. Then, it's another problem when it blows up and the senior officer in charge, Col. or General, doesn't need the Officer's wives club bad press screwing up his career.....

    Bragg is an interesting place, and big. I was there last year as my son graduated from SF as Green Beret Medic. He spent almost three years there and doesn't like "Big Army" in general. Most SF guys don't for reasons like this....too much politics...

    Without geometry, life is pointless. And blues harmonica players suck.

    by blindcynic on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 01:06:47 PM PST

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