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Airman ‘relieved of duty’ for position on gay marriage

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When it comes to homosexuality, the men and women in the U.S. military appear to have no choice as to whether they accept the behavior or not, regardless of religious beliefs.

As reported by Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes, a 19-year Air Force veteran said he was relieved of his duties after he disagreed with his openly gay commander who was looking to severely punish an instructor who objected to homosexuality due to religious beliefs.

“I was relieved of my position because I don’t agree with my commander’s position on gay marriage,” Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk said, according to Fox News.

“We’ve been told that if you publicly say that homosexuality is wrong, you are in violation of Air Force policy,” he continued.

Hiram Sasser, the airman’s attorney, asked if there is now going to be a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy for Christians.

“Here’s a guy who wants to have his religious liberty and serve in the military, Sasser said. “He shouldn’t have to believe in gay marriage in order to serve.”

An Air Force spokesperson told Fox News Monk was not punished and that he was simply at the end of his assignment.

“They did have a disagreement, but supposedly, they agreed to disagree,” the spokesperson said. “But the wing commander said there was no punishment.”

Monk, who told Fox News he is brokenhearted over the way the military has treated him, countered by saying, “I was essentially fired for not validating my commander’s position on having an opinion about homosexual marriage.”

Read more at Fox News Radio

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