The City of Atlanta recently fired its fire chief, Kevin Cochran, after 34 years of service. The circumstances of the termination, however, were suspect.
Cochran has sued for wrongful termination, as he was fired after Cochran’s publication of a book that addressed homosexual issues from a biblical worldview.
The city, of course, attempted to convince a federal judge to throw the lawsuit out of court, claiming that the suit was unfounded.
But Judge Leigh Martin May apparently believed there to be at least enough merit to the claim to make it worth arguing, as she refused to grant the order of dismissal.
“The judge’s decision to allow the lawsuit to go on is extremely significant,” said Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel David Cortman, who was representing Cochran. “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.”
Cochran’s book, “Who Told You That You Were Naked?,” called homosexuality a sin — like many other sexual sins that believers face over the course of their lives.
One passage read: “Uncleanness — whatever is opposite of purity; including sodomy, homosexuality, lesbianism, pederasty, bestiality, all other forms of sexual perversion.”
Anne Torres, communications director for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, nonetheless argued to The Daily Signal that the lawsuit was “not about religious beliefs, nor is it about the First Amendment.”