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Fire chief sacked over anti-gay comments

ATLANTA, GA – On Jan. 6, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed dismissed Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran after a 30-day suspension which began as a response to anti-gay comments Cochran made in a self-published 2013 religious book.

The suspension was given after employees complained about some discriminating remarks the book, "Who Told You That You Were Naked?," including calling homosexuality a "perversion" liking it to bestiality and pederasty.

“I profoundly disagree with and am deeply disturbed by the sentiments expressed in the paperback regarding the LGBT community,” the mayor posted on his Facebook last November.

“I will not tolerate discrimination of any kind within my administration,” he added.

Reed informed the public that Cochran had been
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“It’s persecution when a godly fire chief loses his job over expressing his Christian faith,” he added.

Cochran’s dismissal from work can start public protests from Christian communities.

“We’re past the point of taking a public stand,” White said. “Christians must stand up for their rights.”
In contrast, the book caused numerous calls from the LGBT community for Cochran’s termination which the Mayor agreed to on Tuesday (Jan. 6).

Openly-gay City Council member Alex Wan supported Cochran’s termination.

“This sends a strong message to employees about how much we value diversity and how we adhere to a non-discriminatory environment,” he said.

Georgia Equality Executive Director Jeff Graham told GA Voice Cochran’s “anti-gay” views could result in a hostile work environment.

“This is not about his religious views but about his ability to lead a diverse work force. It’s unfortunate that this had to happen. I feel the mayor has done the right thing to ensure all employees are treated fairly.”

Nevertheless, Cochran clarified that he does not hate
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