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Jordan questions fired Atlanta fire chief about discrimination during FADA hearing

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Lima, July 12, 2016 | Darin Miller (202-225-2676) | comments

Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) today questioned former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran during a hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee regarding H.R. 2802, the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA). Cochran, 2012 fire chief of the year, was fired for believing in traditional marriage, even though a city investigation found that he had never acted in a discriminatory manner in any way. Under FADA, the federal government would be prohibited from discriminating against those who believe in traditional marriage.

Of the hearing Rep. Jordan said:

“Congress must work to ensure that no American is forced to violate their beliefs about marriage, and to ensure that all Americans, regardless of their beliefs, can co-exist peacefully. Senator Mike Lee and Congressman Raul Labrador’s First Amendment Defense Act promotes tolerance for all Americans by preventing any federal agency from discriminating against any individual, association, or business based on their marriage views. We need to mark-up and vote on this important legislation.”

VIDEO of Rep. Jordan’s first Q/A with Cochran: https://youtu.be/zLwbzWdcDb8

VIDEO of Rep. Jordan’s second Q/A with Cochran: https://youtu.be/pJkjlky8tqg

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