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Support for AF Colonel Soars by Tony Perkins

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When Heather Wilson was picked to be secretary of the Air Force, she told the Senate: “Air Force policy must continue to ensure that all Airmen are able to choose to practice their particular religion.” Now, she has a chance to prove it.

Today, FRC’s Lt. General Jerry Boykin and Travis Weber gave Wilson 77,024 reasons to reconsider the action taken against Colonel Leland Bohannon. A distinguished combat pilot, Bohannan has served his country for more than 20 years. In May, the reputation he’d built in the Air Force came crashing down 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.

Never mind that Colonel Bohannon had requested a religious accommodation. Or that he’d consulted the command chaplain and a staff judge advocate. Leaders seemed determined to make an example of the dad of five, grounding him and snuffing out any chance of promotion. Eight senators were outraged, demanding that Air Force leaders intervene. Then, more than 77,000 of you piled on, urging justice for Bohannon and others like him.

This morning, General Boykin and Travis delivered those petitions on behalf of FRC and our friends at American Family Association — along with a letter signed by 31 religious advocacy groups.

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