The Associated Press

Menino Clarifies Position On Chick-fil-A

BOSTON — Boston Mayor Thomas Menino says he won’t try to stop Chick-fil-A from applying for permits to open a restaurant near Faneuil Hall.

Menino is acknowledging that there is little he can do to prevent the fast food chain from coming to Boston, though he stands by his position that the company isn’t welcome in the city because of its strong opposition to gay marriage.

The mayor clarified his position on Thursday.

In a sharply worded letter last week to Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy, Menino wrote: “There is no place for discrimination on Boston’s Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it.”

Menino now says he was just expressing his own opinion.

Gay rights groups have called for a boycott of the chain and some Chicago politicians hope to stop a restaurant from opening there.

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  • Apsquire

    From the begining this was a setup.    Chick-fil-a was asked what their belief was.   Being a Christian company it should be a surprise to no one that the answer is that they do not support Gay marriage.   
          It is not descrimination in the least what people decide to say is there choice (Freedom of Speech).  This country was founded on people having there own beliefs spirtually, what I think is rediculous is someone condemming chick-fil-a for a belief that goes to the core of Christian beliefs.   Chick-Fil-a does not hide the fact that they are a Christian business (good for them)  and therefore anyone condeming Chick-fil-a is also condemming Christianity.  This country was founded on the ability for ANYONE to practice religion how they see fit, and ANYONE the ability of free speech.   To be honest with you it’s quite frustrating and enraging that they are trying to take those rights away or punish anyone for their beliefs.
         If people don’t start standing up and telling Menino that he needs to stop violating our constitutional rights then were just making a bad situation worse.  Let him know if Chick-fil-a blocked people that were gay from working for them or if they blocked to them from coming to there restraunts that would be descrimination but trying to punish a company for sharing their values is and always will be wrong.
        I do not blog much but walking all over any business for sharing their beliefs is rediculous.    I say people unite to let Menino and any other politition know that we will not stand for this any more.   Let menino walk all over Chick-Fil-a and you are letting him walk all over our constitution.

    • DannyShay

      Menino has not violated their freedoms until it is proved that he prevented them from moving into a storefront.  Menino is perfectly within his rights to write a strongly worded letter to a CEO of a company expressing his displeasure with their close mindedness.  No one is saying the Chick-Fil-A should not express its ideas they are simply saying that their ideas are wrong, which is not a violation of the first amendment.  Further I welcome a man in the government standing up to a corporation in an era when standing up to business is wrongly condemned as un-American.
      As a side note, Christianity is not under attack here. There are many sects of Christianity, including the Episcopal Church, that accept gay marriage.  To paint this as an attack on Christianity is wrong-headed.

      • Samsdog212

        I agree with you on the fact that he has the right to write a letter expressing his disapproval of the mans views.  The only problem I had was when he initially threatened to deny a permit to his chain.  That’s a clear violation of first amdenment rights.  But he’s backed off that though which is good.

  • jack r

    BECAUSE   IT IS ON THE FREEDOM TRAIL IS REASON ENOUGH FOR THEM TO BE THERE-FREEDOM OF SPEECH

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