Aviator reaches deal to halt discharge -- for now
An Idaho aviator has reached an agreement with the U.S. Air Force to temporarily block his discharge under the "don’t ask, don’t tell" law that bars openly gay and lesbian military members from service.
The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network says an agreement reached Monday prevents the Air Force from discharging Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach until a judge can consider its request for a court order to stop his ouster from the military.
The network, an advocacy group seeking equal treatment of gays in the military, is representing Fehrenbach in his legal fight to keep his job and last week filed a federal lawsuit in Idaho.
The lawsuit asks for an order to stop Fehrenbach’s discharge until a full hearing can be scheduled. It also wants the law declared unconstitutional.