The 2012 Aftermath: Boston and Chicago Ban Chick-Fil-A for Anti-Gay Remarks

July 25, 2012 6:20 PM EDT | By Anthony Smith
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Chick-fil-a comes under fire for anti-gay remarks. (Photo: Creative Commons)

In the wake of Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy'anti-gay support of traditional, biblical families, many notable, prominent figures have been expressing their outrage. Most compellingly, multiple news sources are reporting that politicians from Boston and Chicago are banning Chick-Fil-A restaurants from being established within their city limits.

The iDigitalTimes reports that Boston mayor Thomas Menino announced publicly that he does not want a Chick-Fil-A to open in Boston.

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"Chick-Fil-A doesn't belong in Boston," the mayor told the Boston Herald, "You can't have a business that discriminates against a population. According to iDigitalTimes, Menino "vowed to make it 'very hard' for the company to obtain the necessary licenses to operate in Boston."

This may come as a disappointment to the fried chicken fast food company, which has recently had its eyes on opening a location near the iconic Freedom Trail. But unfortunately for them, it won't happen if Menino has anything to do with it. The mayor continued, "That's the Freedom Trail, that's where it all started," adding, "and we're not going to have [Chick-Fil-A] on our Freedom Trail."

Elsewhere, in Chicago, Alderman Joe Moreno, a representative in charge of Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood, has vowed to use his aldermanic privilege, a tradition specific to Chicago in which the members of City Council must defer to aldermen on local matters. He plans on using this deference to successfully block the restaurant from obtaining a permit to open within city limits.

"It's a very diverse ward-- economically, racially, and diverse in sexual orientation," Moreno stated in an interview with ABCNews.com, "We've got thriving businesses and we want more but at the very least don't discriminate against our LGBTQ folks."

To their credit, Chick-Fil-A has gone on the record, via Facebook, as saying that they would "treat every person with honor, dignity, and respect-- regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation, or gender." But unfortunately, these comments come too late, on the heels of the company's obvious and anemic defense. It will take more than performative tolerance to weather this media firestorm.



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