Marines tell spouses clubs: Admit same-sex spouses

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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