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Military Allows Gay Guardsman to Bring Spouse to Event

After intervention by Senator Jean Shaheen, a gay Guardsman will now be able to bring her spouse to an official National Guard reintegration event for soldiers returning from deployment. Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan of Rye, New Hampshire was barred from bringing her wife to the event because of rules under DOMA, the Union Leader reports:

MorganIn recent weeks, Shaheen's office raised concerns on behalf of Morgan with local Guard officials, who said they were hamstrung by federal regulations. Shaheen on Tuesday sent a letter to U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta asking him to get involved.

“I think it's terrific that it's turned out positively,” Shaheen said Wednesday. “I think it's another step along the way to make sure everybody is treated fairly and equally.”

Following the repeal of 'DADT' many equality issues still need to be sorted out for gay and lesbian service members:

Shaheen said the Guard was able to reverse its ruling because of language that allows Guard members to bring any one person of their choosing, regardless of relationship, to a yellow ribbon event.

“The fact is, she shouldn't have needed a special waiver and shouldn't have needed to raise this issue in the first place,” Shaheen said. “We need to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act in order to address all of the issue to make sure everybody is treated fairly.”

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  1. That's good news for the National Guard member and her spouse. HOWEVER, if the rules already permitted bringing anyone to the event so chosen by the soldier, why did it have to come to this action? Why didn't Guard commanders just follow their own rules?? Something doesn't exactly pass the honorable smell taste here.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Oct 20, 2011 9:06:27 AM


  2. Giant leaps forward however DOMA still denies gay military spouses benefits like health insurance and housing allowance as compared to their straight counterparts. For those interested - http://OUT­military.c­om provides a supportive environmen­t for friending, sharing and networking between Gay active military, vets and supporters (since December, 2010).

    Posted by: Out Military | Oct 20, 2011 9:36:24 AM


  3. No one's fooled.

    Her commander just doesn't like the end of DADT and was using any trick he could think of to make her life miserable.

    I fully expect some of the religious nutjobs who inhabit the armed forces to continue every way they know how to harras and intimidate and belittle the gay troops.

    Like with racial integration, there will be those who refuse to follow the law of ending DADT. It will be years before their bigots disappear.

    Posted by: Continuum | Oct 20, 2011 11:42:14 AM


  4. "Continuum" is probably right about someone CHOOSING to interpret the REGULATIONS to bar her. I suspected there WAS nothing in them unequivocally banning Ms. Morgan's partner. Unfortunately, the source article, and others, such as The Advocate's, is perpetuating misinformation by quoting a misstatement by the good senator: "The decision to exclude same-sex couples from the yellow ribbon event was based on the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits the extension of military benefits to same sex couples...."

    Not only is the latter NOT true—DOMA does NOT ban ALL gay partner benefits—but if that law did establish eligibility to attend this event, the Pentagon COULD not make an "exception."

    Who can get military benefits depends on whether eligibility is defined by Congress using DOMA-triggering terms—OR simply by Pentagon policy as in this case.

    PAGING SLDN: it's not too late for you to clean up this mess of misunderstanding that you helped create!

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Oct 20, 2011 1:27:43 PM


  5. This should make the heads of everyone at NOM explode.

    Posted by: Chris | Oct 20, 2011 2:10:58 PM


  6. We're supposed to believe that single, straight guardsmen don't bring their girlfriends to these events?

    Yeah, right.

    Posted by: BobN | Oct 20, 2011 2:57:44 PM


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