Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk, a 19-year veteran of the Air Force, was relieved of his duties over the issue of same-sex marriage. He was openly opposed to the concept, while his commander was openly lesbian.
Assigned to the 37th Training Wing, Monk was forced to take leave the end of July over the dispute, although a spokesperson for the wing insisted that Monk was not “removed from duty." His training squad commander, who Monk claims fired him, refuses to make a public statement.
As the military embraces equality and tolerance for homosexual relationships, evangelical Christians and others who have fundamental and moral opposition to the gay lifestyle, claim they increasingly find themselves edged out of the military workplace for "intolerance."
“I was relieved of my position because I do not agree with my commander’s position on gay marriage,” Monk said.
Today, the Department of Defense released their new mandate for giving gay and lesbian couples 10-days of “uncharged leave” for same-sex marriages; currently, only 13 states recognize those unions as being legal.
The Navy Times reports Sr. Master Sgt. Monk’s story here.
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