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For Gay Marriage Stance, Menino Vows To Block Chick-fil-A

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino says Chick-fil-A is not welcome in the city after the fast food chain’s president spoke out publicly against same-sex marriage.

As WBUR’s Curt Nickisch reports for our Newscast unit:

Menino told the Boston Herald he will block any business that he says “discriminates against a population.”

Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy said earlier this week that the Atlanta-based chicken sandwich chain supports what he calls the biblical definition of the family.

The company later said in a statement it “strives to treat people with respect,” regardless of sexual orientation.

The chain has been looking to expand in Boston. It has only two stores in Massachusetts, both in the Boston suburbs.

The mayor may have no legal authority to bar new restaurants, but city inspectors could make life difficult.

The Herald adds:

In February, Northeastern University balked at Chick-fil-A’s plans for an on-campus eatery after students squawked about reports the chain’s charitable arm donated millions of dollars to anti-gay groups.

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