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Marines tell spouses clubs: Admit same-sex spouses

3 years 8 months 3 weeks ago January 09, 2013 Jan 9, 2013 Wednesday, January 09 2013 January 09, 2013 3:28 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW YORK - The Marine Corps has advised its legal staff that spouses clubs operating on its installations must admit same-sex spouses if they wish to remain on the bases.

It's a step that the other service branches have not yet announced as they grapple with how to accommodate same-sex couples following repeal of the don't ask, don't tell policy that barred gays and lesbians from serving openly.

Underscoring the challenges, the Marines' advisory - obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press - refers to an ongoing controversy at the Army's Fort Bragg in North Carolina where the officers' spouses club has denied admission to a same-sex spouse.

"We do not want a story like this developing in our backyard," the Marines' memo says.

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