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Boston Mayor: Chick-fil-A, Move Along

MayorMeninoThis week, Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy said that the United States' gradual embrace of marriage equality is tantamount to "inviting God's judgment on our nation." In so saying, Cathy invited the judgment of Boston's Mayor Thomas M. Menino (pictured at right). From the Boston Herald:

[Mayor Menino] is vowing to block Chick-fil-A from bringing its Southern-fried fast-food empire to Boston — possibly to a popular tourist spot just steps from the Freedom Trail — after the family-owned firm’s president suggested gay marriage is “inviting God’s judgment on our nation.”

“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.”

Chick-fil-A has long been linked with conservative causes, though seldom so controversially. This week's remarks accomplished what the company's previous Muslim-firings and gay-bashings couldn't, sparking enough backlash to evince a promise from Chick-fil-A execs to stay out of the culture wars from now on. Distinctly odd behavior for a company whose stated purpose isn't to make a profit, but rather "to glorify God." What will God make of Chick-filA's sudden meekness? Maybe Cathy et. al. aren't so pious. Maybe they just don't like gays.   


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  1. I'm loving that mayor's attitude. No mincing words, no trying to seem impartial. Call a spade a spade!

    Posted by: sparks | Jul 21, 2012 10:46:24 AM

  2. Who elects these idiots??

    Posted by: Steve | Jul 21, 2012 10:51:37 AM

  3. Cool! I like this post! Thanks.

    Posted by: buy dissertation | Jul 21, 2012 11:11:15 AM

  4. +1 to Steve

    I'm all for personally finding Chick-fil-A and it's corporate policies disgusting. But the mayor has no business blocking them from doing business in Boston. Nice of him to outline how big government derails businesses it doesn't like from coming to their area. Imagine if it was a gay bar or a free LGBT health clinic. Not such a good idea when the shoe is on the other foot.

    Posted by: ASKH | Jul 21, 2012 11:12:52 AM

  5. I'm sure Boston Market (formerly Boston Chicken) had nothing to do with it.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Jul 21, 2012 11:16:53 AM

  6. If thy other foot offend thee, cut it off.

    Posted by: melvin | Jul 21, 2012 11:23:13 AM

  7. Good for him. Businesses that actively and proudly discriminate should not be promoted. There are plenty of businesses that support equality and deserve our support. Chic-Fil-A deserves condemnation.

    Posted by: rick | Jul 21, 2012 11:23:35 AM

  8. While I of course appreciate my mayor's stance on this issue, can he keep this up for any future businesses that want to come to Boston? Or what about the ones that are already here? Is he going to force out Urban Outfitters now too?

    Posted by: Harrison | Jul 21, 2012 11:40:40 AM

  9. I'm not sure why Chic-Fil-A should be "banned from Boston." The company doesn't refuse to hire or serve gay people. Does it? Marriage equality is still a controversial issue. One day opposition to it may be on par with racial segregation. But we aren't there yet. It will take years. The mayor's actions are just giving social conservatives more reason to paint liberals as intolerant of people who have or are accepting of "traditional values." The later group includes just about everyone in the U.S. prior to 2003. Put simply, it's way too soon for what the mayor is trying to do. Although I'm sure his heart is in the right place.

    When this restaurant chain puts up a "No Gays Allowed" sign that would be the time to tell them to keep out of Boston.

    Posted by: Mary | Jul 21, 2012 11:45:02 AM

  10. You forgot their bullying of vegetarians.

    Eat mor kale!

    Hope they never come to VT!

    Posted by: KevinVt | Jul 21, 2012 11:45:19 AM

  11. Gays bars and LGBT health clinics wouldn't spend their monies to make Christians and straights second-class citizens.

    This isn't someone's bigoted dinner-table conversation the mayor is against. This is their profit fueling hate groups, like NOM, that use DIRTY (dirty, dirty, dirty) tactics to keep equality from us.

    Don't kid yourselves, if Chick-fil-A donated their money to the National Alliance, every mayor in America would say the same thing.

    Unfortunately, people havent evolved yet to see that a donating to NOM is just the same as a donation to a neo-Nazi group. Even more unfortunate, some of those people are gay.

    Posted by: neptune | Jul 21, 2012 11:47:51 AM

  12. As much as I hate Chik-Fil-A, I'm a little iffy about this. If you think this is acceptable then it's hard to turn around and be offended when the conservative mayor of another city bans a restaurant (or other business) because they promote gay rights or marriage equality.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jul 21, 2012 11:48:21 AM

  13. @ASKH: Of course he has a right to say he doesn't want Chick-Fil-A in Boston. They support--financially and otherwise--discrimination; MA doesn't. Marriage equality is the law in MA. A company that believes accepted state law is evil and works against such laws really doesn't belong in the state. Those who disagree with the mayor obviously also have the right to speak up. The shoe could be on the other foot argument doesn't really hold up in this case.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jul 21, 2012 11:53:22 AM

  14. Oh look at the internalized homophobia on display. Now if the restaurant gave millions of dollars to the KKK or to the Nazi Party, all of you would have absolutely no problem with the Mayor of Boston banning them. But it is sort of alright for the company to give millions of dollars to anti-gay groups, right?

    Massachusetts was the first state to legalize same sex marriage. A company that donates millions to NOM and other groups promoting constitutional amendments banning same sex marriage should be called out and prevented from making additional money in the state that was courageous enough to say ENOUGH.

    Posted by: homer | Jul 21, 2012 11:54:43 AM


    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jul 21, 2012 11:54:44 AM

  16. Today I'm proud to be a recent Boston transplant.
    The privately held, family owned Chick-fil-A is certainly free to flex its evangelical Christian muscles, just as we are free to decide that Chick-fil-A leaves a bad taste in our mouths.

    Posted by: Janice | Jul 21, 2012 12:00:05 PM

  17. Oh, those gay apologists, once again coming out of the woodwork like cockroaches.

    Posted by: CVP | Jul 21, 2012 12:00:53 PM

  18. @Caliban: I get what you're saying, and a conservative mayor would also have the right to discourage equality supporting businesses, but marriage equality doesn't discriminate against anyone. If a lgbt- friendly business worked to outlaw Christian marriage or heterosexual marriage, that would be an equivalent situation. I'd welcome a conservative mayor trying to justify banning a business that believes in equality for all. He might win in some places now; but those days are numbered.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jul 21, 2012 12:02:23 PM

  19. @David - the ads are automatically generated. Google must search the sites for words that are being used. Sometimes the results are rather strange.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jul 21, 2012 12:36:57 PM

  20. Well then Andy should do something to keep Chick-fil-a away.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jul 21, 2012 12:42:45 PM

  21. I have mixed feeling about this.

    I agree that their corporate support of anti-gay causes is vile. I encourage everyone to refuse to eat there.

    If they refused to actually serve gay people, or any other customer who walked in the door, or if they have a hiring and firing policy that excludes LGBT employees, then yeah, deny them the license.

    I don't like the idea of refusing to let them operate a business that behaves in line with appropriate anti-discrimination laws because they mayor disapproves of their politics.

    That's not an appropriate door to open, because it could all too easily swing both ways. Are we prepared to support Republican or Tea Party mayors refusing to allow businesses who provide corporate money to pro-gay causes to operate?

    Not everything that is immoral should be illegal. Make damn sure they abide by every nondiscrimination law on the books, and make use of any and all legal means to make their discrimination clear. Heck, even come up with a Mayor's Report on Inclusive Eateries and publish it online so people know who to support.

    But don't ban the business. What would be ideal is if they opened and got absolutely no customers at all.

    Posted by: Lymis | Jul 21, 2012 12:46:37 PM

  22. This reminds me, with the Boy Scout thing, someone said watch the South Park where "Gay Al" is removed as scoutmaster and a burly straight marine who then takes nude pictures of the boys replaces him. I'd never seen it so I watched it online last night. What was unusual was the very end when the boys and the entire town have rallied for The BSA to re-intall Gay Al, and Gay Al gets up in front of everyone and resigns. "It's a private club, we're no better than they are if we force them."

    Posted by: MarkUs | Jul 21, 2012 12:48:20 PM

  23. David -- Learn to laugh, and let Sh*t-fil-A waste their money putting ads on this site. That leaves less money in their ad budget to spread their hate elsewhere.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Jul 21, 2012 12:48:40 PM

  24. LOL at same guy making multiple comments under different names.

    Posted by: cjt | Jul 21, 2012 1:00:52 PM

  25. @Lymis: Yes, the door could swing both ways. Bring it on. But who exactly would pro-gay businesses be working to discriminate against? We know that Chick-Fil-A is supporting organizations that are trying to prevent gay couples from marrying, and trying to overturn marriage equality laws, but what civil rights exactly would a pro-gay business be working to prevent anyone from having?

    @Mary: Your "too soon too soon" mantra doesn't apply to MA. Marriage equality is settled there, and it's not controversial. It would be more controversial for a mayor or governor of a state like VT or MA to support a business that enables discrimination. They'd lose the support of the pro-equality constituents who elected them.

    @Neptune/Homer: Exactly right.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jul 21, 2012 1:08:25 PM

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