“‘I am happy to say what others believe privately but won’t mention because they are smarter than me and won’t jeopardise their careers. Defence’s policy directions on sex-change operations, the Mardi Gras and women serving in front-line combat roles are wrong,” Gaynor wrote at the time.
“‘Furthermore, the decision to allow soldiers to march in the Mardi Gras was offensive to many, many Australians. If Defence is truly equitable, it will now allow members to wear their uniform to any activity that promotes natural marriage,” he wrote.
“But top brass decided to distance themselves from the criticizer. Major General and Deputy Chief of Army A.J. Campbell wrote Gaynor in a March 22 letter, saying his views were “offensive and divisive,” and suggesting that he resign.
“‘In short, Army does not share your views, which are both offensive and divisive, and not in the interests of Army or our people,” wrote the Major General. “Your personal values are not in line with those of Army, or the wider ADF.”