Chick-fil-A’s proud anti-gay stance has caused Boston’s Mayor Thomas Menino to say that he is prepared to ban the franchise from the city.
“Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston. You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population. We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion,” Menino told the Herald yesterday.
“That’s the Freedom Trail. That’s where it all started right here. And we’re not going to have a company, Chick-fil-A or whatever the hell the name is, on our Freedom Trail.”
He said he plans to fire off a letter to the company’s Atlanta headquarters “telling them my feelings on the matter.”
“If they need licenses in the city, it will be very difficult — unless they open up their policies,” he warned.
Controversy was stirred last week when Chick-fil-A’s president, Dan Cathy, said “guilty as charged”¯ to accusations the company’s huge donations to anti-gay organizations meant the franchise was fighting equality. He added, “I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”
Anti-gay groups have fallen over themselves to get behind the franchise, but Chick-fil-A, sensing which way the wind was blowing, quickly issued a clarification saying that the company encouraged diversity in its employees and its customers–no hint that it was going to stop fighting gay equality however.
Not only has Chick-fil-A donated to anti-gay marriage efforts, an Equality Matters investigation has shown that it also put money behind groups that push so-called gay “cure” therapy.