Guard Member Allowed to Bring Gay Partner to Event
CONCORD, N.H. – A National Guard member will be allowed to bring her same-sex partner to a family Guard event in North Conway, N.H.
Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan of Rye, N.H., had been told that her civil union partner could not attend the “yellow ribbon reintegration” program this weekend.
But Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said Wednesday that the Department of Defense had clarified regulations saying that gay and lesbian service members may take advantage of a regulation that allows service members to designate any one person, regardless of relationship, to join them at a yellow ribbon event.
Shaheen sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta Tuesday urging him to end what she called a discriminatory policy that bans same-sex spouses of returning Guard members from participating in National Guard family events.