A Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force is filing an 'equal opportunity complaint' against the USAF, after he claims he was relieved of his duties as a top sergeant at Lackland Air Force Base for disagreeing with his commander about same sex marriage, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Philip Monk says he expressed his opinion that gay marriage is wrong, and his commander, who he said is a lesbian, ordered him reassigned.
"Because I had a deeply held religious belief, somehow that made me unfit to even be within the vicinity of the unit, where up until this point I had proven myself," Monk told 1200 WOAI's Michael Board.
A Lackland spokeswoman says Monk's transfer had nothing to do with his religious beliefs or his feelings about gay marriage. The Air Force says Monk was scheduled for a routine transfer, and the transfer was approved as soon as his replacement was properly trained for the job.
But Monk says he plans to pursue his complaint.
"I look forward to the Air Force enforcing its policies regarding religious discrimination, for myself and for all Airmen," he said.