The Battle of Fort Bragg

Gays in uniform are still fighting for spousal benefits

"Our journey is not complete," said Barack Obama in one of the more memorable lines of his second Inauguration speech, "until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law." Those words have special meaning for Ashley Broadway, a lesbian married to Heather Mack, a U.S. Army lieutenant colonel at Fort Bragg, N.C. Broadway and Mack felt the Army had been making steady progress toward equality until Ashley found herself at the funeral of a friend last fall.

Staff Sergeant Donna Johnson, 29, was killed on Oct. 1 on her second combat tour, along with 13 others,...

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