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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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  • Lesley

    There’s a Chick-fil-A next to Agganis Arena. Okay, BU students, let’s go make some noise to let them know how we feel about discrimination!

    • Johan

      No….there’s not.

  • RJC

    last time I checked this was a FREE country and not agreeing with someones lifestyle was not considered a hate-crime. I will go to chick fil a MORE now for sure

    • Dorand

      Sure you will

    • http://www.facebook.com/jasonrwilliams Jason Williams

      Not agreeing with your neighbor is perfectly acceptable and certainly protected by free speech.  However when your neighbors are also your paying customers it would be wise to not offend them.  I wouldn’t work for a company that does not support marriage equality and I would generally avoid doing business with one that chooses to actively disrespect me, my family, my neighbor’s family or the families of its employees.  But Dan Cathy, the president of Chick-fil-A went further than being intolerant, he verbally attacked those who hold opposing beliefs to be “…prideful, arrogant…”  He seems to think that marriage is solely a religious institution (under attack) instead of a social one.  Yet I am not trying to change his religious views at all, but I want him to respect my social rights in the state of Massachusetts to marry whom I chose no matter their sex.  If he can’t respect me as a human, as a customer; I won’t support his business.  Feel free to do what you want, but you’re going to have to eat a lot more chicken to make up for the rest of us that choose to not support his views.

    • Doug

       Next you’re going to say that protesting a company is akin to taking away that company’s first amendment rights, or some other impossibly dumb stance.  You’re free to do that just as others are free to NOT do that.  No one is obligated to patronize a company that actively supports oppression.

    • prince

      Yes, this is a “FREE’ country, yet all those that live here are not ‘free’ to marry who they want to and get the same protections.  If  Cathy is so opposed to gay marriage and gays, why is he not speaking out against divorce, which is also Biblically incorrect.  Maybe he should not hire and discourage divorsed people from coming to his chain.  It is just easier for him to take pot shots at the gay population, not to mention more economically friendly.  I also hope he doesn’t employ women, they didn’t work when the Bible was written.

    • Alisonhodge

      Wow. Way to leave a dumb comment RJC.

  • Jeff

    Eat more kale.

  • X-Ray

    Typical Boston politics. The Mayor has no legitimate grounds on which the block
    the company but will find extra legal ways to harass and bully them until they
    come to see things his way.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/NXEGZJCUQ6FRFOFMB6IDLZQNRU johanna

      X-Ray, The Mayor realizes that discrimination against a person, because of their race,  religion, disability  or sexual orientation is against everything we as a nation say we believe in  ”with liberty and justice for all”. It seems that other institutions that have been approached by Chick-Fil-A have recoiled in horror for the same reason.

      • TLC

        First off, I, personally, would NEVER eat at a Chick-fil-A because of the anti-gay groups they support.  However, Johanna writes “The Mayor realizes that discrimination against a person, because of their race,  religion, disability  or sexual orientation is against everything we as a nation say we believe in.”  Isn’t they Mayor discriminating against Chick-fil-A because of their religious beliefs?

      • Concerned Citizen

        Johanna – Chick-fil-a (CFA) are NOT discriminating against anyone – they have never refused to serve or denied service or employment of anyone because of their sexual orientation.  THAT would be discimination and illegal.  Their viewpoints on gay marriage are protected under First Amendment rights (and also, to a lesser degree, under Freedom of Religion as mentioned by TLC below) and they are not espousing, preaching, or condoning violence or hate speech against .  Menino, if he were to block CFA based on their views on gay marriage, then CFA could very easily bring a suit against Menino (and CFA would likely win) for violating their First Amendment rights, as well as their 14th Amendment rights.  Menino must realize that by using the power of government to freeze the company out of a city sends a disturbing message to all businesses.  What if Menino tried to block the Catholic Church because it does not recognize gay marriage?  Or blocked Muslims from practicing their faith because one of the key tenets outlined in the Quran is that homosexual acts are transgressions against God.  Or what if the mayor of a conservative town tried to keep out gay-friendly Starbucks or Apple, it would be an outrage.  You can’t have it both ways.  Please realize that I support gay rights but you can’t sacrifice the Bill of Rights and deny another’s civil liberties in pursuit of those rights.

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