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Anti-Gay Chick-fil-A Not Welcome in Boston, Says Mayor

Anti-Gay Chick-fil-A Not Welcome in Boston, Says Mayor


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.

Reports The Boston Tribune:

“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.


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6:30AM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

9:22PM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

I think it's futile to argue about all of this because of belief. Each side feels strongly about their belief, so no one is going to budge because of their own prejudices. Hurling insults gains nothing, and makes you look childish because you can't defend your position with anything other than insults. It truly is pathetic. In the fullness of time, we'll all find out who was right, but until then believe what you want, just don't force the other to comply with your belief, via legal means.

8:31AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

Sandy E - how are you different than any other moron? Really....I can't see the difference!

5:40AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

How are you any different than an ignorant or low IQ Fascist? Do you understand how ignorant defamatory statements work now? To what purpose other than bigotry would you say such a ridiculously ignorant statement????

4:22PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

"How are gays different than Nazis? Really...I can't see the difference..."

Then you need psychiatric help, as soon as possible. There's no shame in being mentally ill. Please, PLEASE seek help.

3:49PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

How are gays different than Nazis? Really...I can't see the difference...

2:16AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Only half-jesting - makes as much sense as any other opposition to equality!

1:52AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Antler person and Morag - clearly you jest! Neither of you could be expecting to be taken seriously.

11:45PM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

"Anti-Christian and other hetro-phobic groups"? - don't be ridiculous!

An honest question - since you believe in civil partnership you clearly still believe in discrimination, albeit of a more limited kind. How would you feel about gay and heterosexual Christians being allowed to marry and gay and heterosexual non-Christians being only allowed civil partnerships?

4:19PM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

I support civil unions. I also support the First Amendment.
As a long time supporter of liberty and actual equal rights, these types of made up controversies are saddening.
All I see is that Many Anti-Christian and other hetro-phobic groups are immorally and illegally trying to go after anyone they do not agree with,... that is hate.

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