Air Force Sgt. Punished for Opposing Gay Marriage
Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk has served 19 years in the U.S. Air Force with an impeccable record, but all that came to an end recently when he refused to agree with an openly gay commander about his views on gay marriage. Monk was relieved of his duties because of the clash and reassigned. Now, some are asking whether this is the most recent example surfacing of a sort of 'reverse Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'
Sgt. Monk joined Fox and Friends this morning, further explaining what led to the disagreement of beliefs.
"It's important for people to understand that I'm speaking for myself and not for the Air Force," Monk began, saying that what prompted the conversation was when "a young man was trying to give a 'united we stand, united we fall' speech" to trainees. "He was trying to essentially say that it's the Air Force core values that unite us .. and in that same process he made some sort of statement, 'I don't believe in same sex marriage, but I'm going to train you the same anyway.'"
Monk was then called in to consult on punishment for that officer's statement, which is when he came to clash with his commanding officer over their own views on the matter.
The lawyer representing Monk also weighed in, saying that not only is the incident "concerning," it's also a violation of the Constitution. Watch the full interview from this morning's Fox and Friends.