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Lesbian spouse of Army Brig. Gen. to join First Lady for ‘State of the Union’

Monday, February 11, 2013

Tracey Hepner, co-founder of the Military Partners and Families Coalition, a support group for LGBT military partners and their families, has been selected to sit with first lady Michelle Obama during the State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Tracey Hepner (left) with her spouse, U.S. Army Brigadier General Tammy Smith.
Photo courtesy Outserve-SLDN.

Hepner works for the Department of Homeland Security as a master behavior detection officer, and is married U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith, the first openly gay general in the U.S. military.

Hepner, 50, told the Washington Post that she did not know of any specific reason why she was chosen to attend, other than having founded the military partners organization and being married to “the highest-ranking out military officer.”

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13 more reader comments:

  1. Damn straight

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 9:32pm
  2. Pun intended

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 9:32pm
  3. good to have family there!!!

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 9:32pm
  4. Awesome! :)

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 9:33pm
  5. thats awesome!

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 9:55pm
  6. You’ve done your Country proud – it’s your Country’s turn to return the Honor.

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 10:02pm
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    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 12:20am
  8. I met them in DC! Lovely couple!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 1:56am
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  10. Yes!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 12:59pm
  11. YES

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 1:11pm
  12. awsome.!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 1:15pm
  13. AWESOME…!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 2:17pm