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Publius / Dec. 19, 2015

Court Upholds Christian Views of Former Fire Chief

Chief fired for criticizing homosexuality will get his day in court.

In a telling victory, a judge in U.S. District Court in Atlanta ruled that former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran can proceed in his lawsuit against the city after it fired him for publishing a book that criticized homosexuality and gay marriage. The city tried to get the case dismissed. “The city was looking to say there’s no validity to this case — we were just in firing him, and the court doesn’t even have to let the case go forward — and the court rightly rejected that and said no, there’s enough evidence here to move forward,” said David Cortman, the senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing Cochran. The former chief, who once held a position in the Obama administration, wrote a book explaining his faith and Christianity titled “Who Told You That You Were Naked?” In one section, Cochran asserted that homosexuality is a sexual perversion. An openly homosexual member of the Atlanta City Council took issue with Cochran and complained. First, Cochran was suspended without pay. Then, on Jan. 6, he was fired and so Cochran responded with a wrongful termination suit. After all, expressing your beliefs while holding a government job is not worthy of punishment, and no matter what the leftists may say Cochran should not be made to bake the cake or made to care.

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