Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2015-08-26
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Married military spouses cannot accompany to many stations
From an AMPA press release
2014-01-17

facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


WASHINGTON, DC — The American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ), the nation's premier resource and support network for LGBT military spouses and their families, released the following statement today over the growing frustration of legally married gay and lesbian service members being denied command sponsorship for their spouses at many duty locations around the world, but most notably in Europe. While the Defense Department is now sponsoring same-gender military spouses in locations like Japan and South Korea, those whose spouses have orders to nations that could be considered even more "LGBT friendly" are still being denied sponsorship. While some claim Status of Forces Agreements ( SOFA ) need to be updated before sponsorship can begin, some of these European nations with marriage equality already recognize same-gender spouses, and all military spouses should therefore be covered under existing SOFA agreements.

"The denial of command sponsorship for the spouses of our gay and lesbian service members being sent to Europe, even to countries with marriage equality, is very frustrating and causing major issues for our military families as they prepare for orders to new duty stations," said Stephen Peters, president of AMPA. "While we hope that the Defense and State Departments are working urgently to change this, as month after month continues to go by, our families are becoming even more discouraged, frustrated, and less hopeful that this is of some importance for decision makers. One can only imagine if these issues were affecting the spouses of senior Defense Department leadership how much more quickly it would be resolved."

¨For more information about the American Military Partner Association and LGBT military families, please visit our home on the web atwww.MilitaryPartners.org .

The American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ), a non-partisan and non-profit 501( c )3 organization based in Washington DC, is the nation's premier resource and support network for LGBT military spouses and their families. Founded and led by same-sex military partners in 2009 as the Campaign for Military Partners, AMPA is committed to connecting, supporting, honoring, and serving the partners and spouses of America's LGBT servicemembers and veterans."


facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Supreme Court denies KY County Clerk's request to refuse marriage licenses 2015-08-31
Federation of Gay Games honors Ireland for popular vote for marriage 2015-08-27
Report: Military's transgender ban could end by May 2016 2015-08-26
Together for 29 years, Hill and Jones leaving Chicago for Santa Fe 2015-08-26
News briefs: Marriage in MI; Clinton rally Sept. 20; College savings accounts 2015-08-25
Pro-marriage equality state Rep. Sullivan won't seek re-election 2015-08-24
Social Security will retroactively grant spousal benefits in Lambda case 2015-08-20
Marriage Equality and Social Justice 2015-08-19
AFER shutting down 2015-08-19
Chelsea Manning found guilty of breaking prison rules 2015-08-18
ASK LAMBDA LEGAL The Equality Act 2015-08-18
New England Journal of Medicine: Health costs minimal for trans military 2015-08-12
Charles Schwab hosts event about marriage equality 2015-08-12
LGBT veterans and allies celebrate reenlistment, monument 2015-08-10
OPEN TO THINKING Marriage: Confusion of State and Church 2015-08-05
Upcoming: Event for veterans' supporters on Aug. 9 2015-08-05
Lesbian grandmothers cycle across States for a cause 2015-08-05
National: Pope in Philly; 'confused' politician; trans woman punched 2015-08-04
World news: Marriage and Australia; Omar Sharif Jr.; bomb hoax 2015-08-04
Reception to thank supporters of monument to LGBT veterans, Aug. 9 2015-07-29
Marriage equality focus of Equality Illinois corporate training session 2015-07-29
Nat'l: Pastors attend wedding; pro-LGB military act; 'Black Lives' conference 2015-07-28
Illinois justice talks marriage 'moment' 2015-07-28
PASSAGES Tania Nichole Dunbar, a founding member of SPARTA, dies 2015-07-22
Relationships & the Law Today: Immigration rights in era of marriage equality 2015-07-22
ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Marriage equality FAQs 2015-07-22
Airbnb plays key role in local lesbian couple's wedding 2015-07-21
Upcoming: Book Fair; Cannabis conference; marriage law seminar 2015-07-21
MUSIC Dave Koz on marriage equality, Stevie Nicks and his new CD 2015-07-21
Ill. Supreme Court Justice discusses marriage "moment" 2015-07-21
European court rules same-aex partnership a right 2015-07-21
Couple in Clinton video get married 2015-07-21
Wheaton College official resigns over same-sex marriage stance 2015-07-17
VIEWS The welcome challenges of marriage equality 2015-07-15
Entertainment: Marriage film; 'Million-Dollar Listing'; Ryan Reynolds 2015-07-14
World: London's 'chemsex' scene; pope's meeting; French pol weds 2015-07-14
Pentagon to lift transgender military ban 2015-07-13
HRC releases new map showing states with unclear non-discrimination protections 2015-07-10
Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden at Freedom to Marry celebration 2015-07-10
57 Democrats to Federal Officials: Ensure licenses for same-sex couples 2015-07-09
 



Copyright © 2015 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.