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Cochran v. City of Atlanta

Last Updated: 6/7/2021

Overview

The city and mayor of Atlanta terminated the employment of Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran because of his Christian faith and beliefs. Mayor Kasim Reed first suspended Cochran for 30 days and announced that he would have to complete “sensitivity training” after activists who don’t agree with the fire chief’s Christian views on sex complained about a men’s devotional book Cochran had written on his personal time. Biblical sexual morality is mentioned only briefly in the 162-page book. After an investigation that included interviews with employees found Cochran did not discriminate against anyone, the mayor fired him anyway—citing as his basis, ironically, the need to tolerate diverse views.

 

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Biographies

Kevin Theriot

Senior Counsel, Vice President of Center for Life

Kevin Theriot serves as senior counsel and vice president of the Center for Life with Alliance Defending Freedom


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Watch: Chief Kelvin Cochran's Story

Video news release and video clips

 
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