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Air Force Vet Claims Same-Sex Dispute Caused His Release

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(KCEN) --  A 19-year Air Force veteran says he was relieved of his duties because of a dispute with his commanding officer over same-sex marriage.

Senior Master Sergeant Phillip Monk says he expressed his opinion that gay marriage is wrong and his commander, who he said is a lesbian, ordered him to be reassigned.

But Monk says he didn't do anything wrong and that he  believes all service members should have the same rights.

"My job as a first sergeant is to look out for all airmen be what they want to be," said Monk.

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.

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