An Army wife who was denied membership by the Association of Bragg Officers' Spouses (ABOS) was named Fort Bragg's 2013 "spouse of the year," NBC reports.
Since news of the award broke this morning, the club has bowed to negative publicity, and announced that it will allow gay spouses to become members.
The Fort Bragg spouses club rejected Ashley Broadway from membership in 2012, telling her that as a same-sex partner she did not qualify. That decision triggered national outrage and a directive from the US Marine Corps instructing their spouses clubs to accept gay members. The army was criticized at the time for failing to issue a similar directive.
Broadway is one of 154 winners at army bases around the country, which makes her eligible for the national "army spouse of the year" award.
She told NBC that she believes many voted for her as "a statement to the Obama Administration, to Secretary Panetta...and, really, to America" that as a same-sex wife, she should be recognized by army groups as a military spouse.