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13 January 2015

Family Research Council President to Lead Capitol Rally Supporting Sacked Atlanta Fire Chief

Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, who lost his job after a row with Mayor Kasim Reed over a book Cochran authored condemning homosexuality, gained a prominent supporter this week.

Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins will join Atlanta area pastors and religious liberty advocates at a rally in support of former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran at the Georgia State Capitol. 13 January 2015.

The "Standing for our Faith Rally" is scheduled to take place at the Georgia Capitol Rotunda at 1:30PM. FRC has gathered nearly 28,000 petitions over the last few days protesting the overreach of government authority that resulted in the Chief's firing.

"The idea that the government can force public servants to surrender their First Amendment rights is outrageous," said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins. "If a government will fire someone for their religious beliefs, no beliefs are safe from government regardl ss of how sacred those beliefs may be. Mayor Reed is sending a very clear message that Christians must check their faith at the door of public service."

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed maintains Cochran was not fired because of his religious beliefs.

"This has nothing to do with his religious beliefs,” Reed was quoted by Atlanta radio station WABE as saying. “It has everything to do with the decision to publish a book, with the contents of this book, without talking to your boss. Period.”