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Marines order clubs on base to allow same-sex spouses

The Marine Corps legal office has mandated that all military spouses clubs admit gay husbands and wives if they want to continue operating on-base.

Since the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the military has grappled with how to incorporate same-sex couples into base life.

As the Los Angeles Times reported:

In a memo emailed to Marine Corps legal offices around the country, the Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant said spouses clubs on Marine installations must adhere to a nondiscrimination policy regarding sexual orientation.

"While the Marine Corps cannot directly control the actions of independent organizations such as spouses clubs, we expect that all who are interested in supporting Marine Corps Family Readiness would be welcome to participate and will be treated with dignity and respect," said Capt. Eric Flanagan, a Marine Corps spokesman.

The memo added: "We would interpret a spouses club’s decision to exclude a same-sex spouse as sexual discrimination because the exclusion was based upon the spouse’s sex."

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