Judge rules against Atlanta chief fired for distributing anti-gay book

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran sued after he was fired for distributing anti-gay literature. Photo public domain.

A former fire chief’s lawsuit against the City of Atlanta challenging his termination for distributing anti-gay literature on the job yielded mixed results in a court decision Wednesday — although the judge ruled against the major freedom of speech and religion claims he presented.

U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May, an Obama appointee, denied relief for Kelvin Cochran — who distributed a book saying men who engage in homosexual or extramarital sex are “un-Godly” and “wicked” sinners and their deaths would be celebrated — on his basis of his freedom of speech, association and religion claims.

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Mississippi law endorses anti-LGBT bias, attorneys argue

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi law unconstitutionally endorses specific religious beliefs that could lead to discrimination against people who support same-sex marriage, gay rights advocates said Tuesday in written arguments to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The high court has not said whether it will consider a dispute over the law that lets government workers and private business people cite their own religious beliefs to deny services to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people.

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Attorneys defend Mississippi law on denying LGBT services

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Attorneys for Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant are defending a state law that lets government workers and private business people cite religious beliefs to deny services to LGBT people.

In arguments filed Monday to the U.S. Supreme Court, they wrote that the law protects people from being penalized for refusing to participate in activities they consider “immoral,” such as same-sex marriage.

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