Between the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and the rise of legal same-sex marriages, there's a new group of people wanting to join the family and spouse groups that exist on US military bases around the globe: the same-sex spouse. Evidently, not every spouses' club out there is thrilled with this new development. Back in December, such a club at the Army's Fort Bragg refused to allow the female spouse of a female Lt. Col. join. I keep envisioning poor Rudolph being kicked out of the reindeer games.
Well, the Marine Corps is having none of that. From the top down comes the order that spouses' clubs at every Marine base had better accept same-sex spouses if those clubs want to continue operating on base. Amen to that.
Fort Bragg and the Army have yet to take any action to address the exclusion of same-sex spouses. Here's hoping the Army and all other branches of the military follow the Marine Corps' lead and make it clear that same-sex spouses are to be included in any clubs or organizations that receive support from the armed forces. That the military itself was allowed to discriminate against gays and lesbians for so long is a disgrace. We have fortunately put that ugly era behind us. Let's not allow some residual discrimination to linger around the edges by tolerating intolerant family organizations and spouses' clubs.