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Pressure on Pentagon to update policy after gay spouse snubbed

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Metro Weekly
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January 17, 2013
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Following controversy at the Army's Fort Bragg in North Carolina, pressure is mounting on the Defense Department to issue new regulations granting the spouses and partners of gay servicemembers military IDs. After a Pentagon announcement late Tuesday to back the decision by Army leaders at Fort Bragg to not intervene in the case of a military spouses club that denied membership to Ashley Broadway because she is ineligible to receive a military ID card under Pentagon regulations that refuse to recognize her marriage to another woman, Lt. Col. Heather Mack, LGBT-rights advocates are calling on Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to update military policy. "This situation would not have occurred if the Pentagon was not dragging its heels on updating military regulations to include the families of gay service members," said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin in a statement released Wednesday.