Nashville Paramedic Suspended for Anti-Gay Postings
Nashville Fire Department officials suspended a 20-year department veteran Friday after he made anti-gay comments on a social media site, an incident gay rights advocates say proves that the group needs legal protections. Fire Chief Steve Halford ordered the two-month suspension after a departmental hearing last week for paramedic Kevin Kennedy. Kennedy was accused of posting on his own Facebook page and the Nashville Fire Department Emergency Medical Services’ page that homosexuality was a perversion. He also said two gay EMS workers should “crawl back into the closet,” said Deputy Chief Kim Lawson, spokeswoman for the department.