Ashley Broadway, a lesbian Army spouse, has declined an offer of guest membership in the Association of Bragg Officers’ Spouses.
The association decided to offer the special membership in the light of a brewing controversy over the treatment of Broadway, who is legally married to a female Army officer.
Broadway is rejecting the offer, according to the national military spouses’ organization to which she belongs.
“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.”