Christian Fire Chief Fired for Biblical Views Awarded $1.2M in Lawsuit Victory
Fire Chief and Longtime Firefighter Kelvin Cochran was wrongfully terminated from his position after serving for 30 years of dedicated duty, just because he exercised This Great Country’s Right To Free Speech and spoke about “Godly” marriage in a book he wrote for men.
I covered this story a few times over the years, and I’m pleased to announce that Cochran has reached a settlement with the city of Atlanta for 1.2 million dollars.
“The government can’t force its employees to get its permission before they engage in free speech. It also can’t fire them for exercising that First Amendment freedom, causing them to lose both their freedom and their livelihoods,” said Kevin Theriot, the ADF attorney who represented Cochran.
“We are very pleased that the city is compensating Chief Cochran as it should, and we hope this will serve as a deterrent to any government that would trample upon the constitutionally protected freedoms of its public servants,” added Theriot.