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Supporters of fired Atlanta fire chief rally in state Capitol

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ATLANTA (AP) - Supporters of fired Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran have packed Georgia's Capitol Rotunda to protest what they consider unjust persecution he has suffered for expressing his religious beliefs.

Mayor Kasim Reed suspended and then fired Cochran after learning he had self-published a book that described homosexuality as a perversion of God's will.

At Tuesday's rally, Cochran said his termination sent a message to Bible-believing Christians that "you'd better keep your mouth shut or you'll be fired."

Cochran said he was given approval to publish his book by the city's ethics officer, but Mayor Reed has said the officer never granted the approval. Reed said Cochran was fired because of his judgment, not his faith, and for leaving the city vulnerable to discrimination lawsuits.

Cochran told supporters he didn't discriminate against anyone.

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