Ga. congressmen to mayor: Reinstate ousted fire chief

ATLANTA -- Five Georgia congressman are asking Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to re-instate ousted fire chief Kelvin Cochran.

The letter was spearheaded by Rep. Barry Loudermilk. It says in part, the mayor's "action against Chief Cochran appears to violate fundamental principles of free speech and religious freedom."

"In terminating him, the city of Atlanta itself engaged in an act of discrimination."

In addition to Loudermilk, Representatives Buddy Carter, Lynn Westmoreland, Tom Price, Austin Scott and Jody Hice signed the letter.

Cochran was fired in January after being suspended in November over Cochran's comments in the Christian book, Who Told You That You Were Naked, which characterized homosexuality as "unclean", "a sexual perversion", "vulgar" and "inappropriate."

A statement from the city's spokesperson on Tuesday re-iterated the city's claim Cochran violated the city's code of conduct and that he never received permission to publish it.

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