Anti-gay fire chief sues Atlanta over his firing

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Atlanta's former fire chief, fired over his actions concerning an anti-gay book he wrote, sued the city on Thursday in federal court with the help of an anti-gay legal group. 

Mayor Kasim Reed fired Kelvin Cochran on Jan. 6 and anti-gay supporters have rallied to the chief's side as he portrays himself as the victim and compares himself to Jesus Christ. On Thursday, Cochran stood with attorneys from the Alliance Defending Freedom, which is no stranger to fighting LGBT issues, to announce the lawsuit. The group said the lawsuit seeks Cochran's return to his job, back pay and a finding that the city violated his rights to free speech and religion.

“The one thing we should not have to sacrifice is our God given freedoms – the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion,” Cochran said. “I was fired simply because of what I believe.”

Cochran filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity in late January alleging that he was discriminated against because of his religion. Reed's response? Cochran's a liar.


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