Lt. Col. Christopher Downey is reportedly being discharged by the U.S. Army for trying to prevent two lesbian officers from showing too much public affection during a dance at Fort Drum, N.Y.
The combat veteran received a complaint by an unidentified officer that a female second lieutenant and a captain were allegedly French kissing, grabbing each others' behinds and taking off their Army jackets during a ball on April 14, 2012.
According a press release by the Thomas More Law Center, a Christian law firm representing Downey, the decorated officer "took immediate action to stop the inappropriate behavior. He also attempted to prevent other soldiers from photographing and videotaping the officers' inappropriate conduct, which he believed would embarrass the officers and affect the good order and discipline of his unit. In the process of lowering the camera of an enlisted soldier, the camera accidentally made contact with the soldier's nose."
However, the female captain claimed that Downey discriminated against her and her girlfriend.
Downey was subsequently convicted of assaulting a soldier trying to film the lesbian couple and violating the regulation that allows gay people to openly serve, noted The Washington Times.
The Thomas More Law Center plans to file a lawsuit on behalf of Downey against the Army in U.S. District Court to overturn the convictions and reinstate him.