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Marine Corps Enforces Marriage Equality in Spouse Clubs

Most likely responding to this story about a woman rejected from the officers’ spouse club at the Army’s Ft. Bragg because her spouse is a woman, Maj. Gen. Vaughn Ary has instructed that similar clubs meeting on any Marine Corps base must open membership to same-sex partners of Marines.

Ary wrote that clubs cannot discriminate against any member because of “race, color, creed, sex, age, disability, or national origin. We would interpret a spouse’s club’s decision to exclude a same-sex spouse as sexual discrimination because the exclusion was based upon the spouse’s sex.”

This seems like a pre-emptive step, since no one in the Marine Corps has reported any issues similar to Ft. Bragg’s. Way to get ahead of the game, Marines.