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Monday, July 15, 2013
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

A retired U.S. Navy commander-turned-attorney is demanding justice for Tech. Sgt. Layne Wilson, a 27-year veteran who is being punished for his beliefs about homosexual "marriage."

Attorney John Wells says Wilson was punished after he wrote a letter to the United States Military Academy to complain after a same-sex marriage ceremony was held at the Academy’s historic chapel. Wilson is serving with the Utah Air National Guard.

Wells told Tony Perkins' Washington Watch on Monday that his client received a letter of reprimand. 

Wells

"In the letter of reprimand,” Wells told Perkins, “they basically said if you can't get in sync with military policy about homosexuals serving openly – which he did not complain of by the way, it was just the homosexual marriage – then you better get out."

Wells says Wilson’s superiors followed that up by tearing up a freshly signed, six-year re-enlistment contract. It was replaced with a one-year contract and an ultimatum.    

"They gave him a one-year contract and said, Be prepared to retire at the end of this year,” said the attorney.

“That's so illegal,” Wells explained. “You can't take an executed contract [and do that]. The oath was administered. Everybody had signed on it. You can't take it and just tear it up. And that's exactly what they did."

Wells says he has sent a letter to the Utah Air National Guard demanding they reinstate his client's six-year re-enlistment contract and rescind the letter of reprimand.

He says if the Utah ANG chooses not to comply, he is prepared to file suit in federal court.

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