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Atlanta fire chief fired after calling gays 'vile' claims religious bias
Atlanta fire chief fired after calling gays 'vile' claims religious bias

The former Atlanta fire chief, who was dismissed by the city’s mayor this month after writing a book in which he said homosexuality is “vile,” has filed a federal discrimination complaint against the city in a case that is testing the issue of religious expression in the workplace and mobilizing Christian conservatives to his defense. Kelvin Cochran, the ousted chief and a deacon of Elizabeth Baptist Church in southwest Atlanta, filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, accusing the city of violating Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which protects against religious discrimination. Cochran claims he was discriminated against when the city...

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