ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Atlanta's mayor fired Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran after he self-published a book called "Who Told You That You Were Naked."
The book describes homosexuality as perversion and inappropriate.
But Cochran is not apologetic for writing it.
"Everything I wrote in the book is based on scriptures, not opinionated," Cochran said in an interview.
Leaders of the Georgia Baptist Convention organized a rally on Tuesday to support Cochran.
Associate Pastor Ron Holman of First Baptist attended the rally.
"We felt it was a stand for our faith and our belief and our stand for religious freedom," said Holman.
Supporters walked from the State Capitol to City Hall to deliver petitions to the Mayor's office.
"What our constitution outlines is that everyone of us has the opportunity to freedom of speech and to worship a religion of our choice," said Holman.
He said at least 50,000 people have signed petitions so far.
"Anyone who may not necessarily be a Christian but enjoys their freedom of speech [and] their viewpoints should also be concerned ab out this," said Albany resident Eric O'Cain.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says Cochran was not fired because of his religious beliefs.
"His current behavior shows that when I fired him, I made the right decision, because he continues to use poor judgement," said Mayor Reed.
Cochran supporters say they are not giving up and may march again.