Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran addresses supporters at the Capitol on Jan. 13. (Courtesy CBS46)
Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran addresses supporters at the Capitol on Jan. 13. (Courtesy CBS46)

Several hundred people gathered inside the Capitol this afternoon for a rally to support terminated Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran, who spoke at the event.

Cochran said he received permission to write the self-published book, “Who Told You That You Were Naked?”, which condemns homosexuality, that led to his firing by Mayor Kasim Reed last week. “My termination is unjust,” he said. “After 34 years of dedicated service, seven of which was committed to Atlanta, I cannot believe that my termination came because of the public expression of my faith.”

Cochran repeated his belief that “sex should be between a man and woman in the bonds of holy matrimony,” but also said his “Christian values mean a love for all humankind. I believe that every person possesses the image of the creator and has inherent dignity and worth.”

After the rally, the group marched to city hall to deliver petitions in support of Cochran containing more than 40,000 signatures. The petitions call for his rehiring, restoration of income and an apology from Reed.

Mayor Reed released a statement, while the city released details on the investigation into Cochran’s dismissal.

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Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.