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The following was written by Tony Perkins for the Daily Signal. To read the full article, click here.
Air Force Col. Leland Bohannon needed reinforcements—and thanks to eight senators, he got them.
The Christian combat pilot has been grounded since spring, when his superiors decided that the colonel’s decision not to sign a “certificate of appreciation” for a same-sex spouse was enough to suspend him from duty.
For Bohannon, a 20-year veteran with a distinguished record, it was a stunning blow. After all, Bohannon, who’d sought the counsel of a command chaplain and staff judge advocate, had asked for a religious accommodation. He got a poor performance appraisal instead. On track to lose his standing and any hopes of promotion, Bohannon reached out to First Liberty Institute for help. Knowing “his career is likely over” if nothing’s done, conservatives everywhere have teamed up to raise the colonel’s case.
At least eight U.S. senators are pitching in to help. In a letter to Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson (reported on by Fox News’ Todd Starnes), Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.; James Inhofe, R-Okla.; John Kennedy, R-La.; James Lankford, R-Okla.; Mike Lee, R-Utah; Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Roger Wicker, R-Miss.; and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, ask the branch chief to step in and save Bohannon’s career.
“Col. Bohannon has suffered severely on account of the [Equal Opportunity] investigator’s mishandling of his religious liberty rights,” the senators wrote.
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