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Here's a Copy of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino's Letter to Chick-Fil-A Telling Them to 'Back Out' of Boston


Over the weekend Brandon posted news that Boston Mayor Thomas Menino had told Chick-Fil-A's Dan Cathy that his anti-gay chicken sandwich chain isn't welcome in the city of Boston because of its anti-gay worldview.

Here's Menino's actual letter.

(thanks itay hod)

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  1. The AFA and other Christian Supremacist organizations are eager to loudly boycott anything they see as liberal, but when someone does it to their own worldview, they screech that America itself is being betrayed. I love that Mayor Menino did this.

    Posted by: Bakeley | Jul 25, 2012 2:00:23 PM

  2. I applaud the mayor's motives, but really am not happy with the method he is trying to use. Perkins of AFA has suggested that Texans keep Starbucks from opening in their state as a retribution to Boston. That isn't right. I think the Boston mayor is great for coming to the defense of marriage equality, but I think his efforts are better spent on working for anti-discrimination laws like ENDA and the overturn of DOMA rather than targeting companies for their, admittedly, hateful politics.

    Posted by: quality | Jul 25, 2012 2:05:15 PM

  3. They should point out that Chick-Fil-A is not in a position to open up any stores in large liberal areas, ie the center of Boston..

    Posted by: NeverEclipsed81 | Jul 25, 2012 2:07:50 PM

  4. Nice to see someone that doesn't worship the Almighty Dollar at the expense of everything else.

    Posted by: PDX Guy | Jul 25, 2012 2:09:46 PM

  5. get it, menino!! someone just got pimp-smacked....

    Posted by: love. it. | Jul 25, 2012 2:13:33 PM

  6. this is actually how we win.

    for too long being "gay" made you the pariah. now it's time for those who are anti-gay, and promote prejudice, to be the pariahs.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 25, 2012 2:13:35 PM

  7. I love my Mayor. You absolutely "walk tall and carry a big stick"

    Posted by: Nick | Jul 25, 2012 2:13:51 PM

  8. One small, minor problem: the Mayor's position, if acted upon, would be a blatant, obvious, profound violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution. As always, imagine the same scenario applying in the opposite direction: imagine that a gay-marriage-supporting business were denied building permits and licenses on the basis of its political activities. Then the unconstitutionality would be clear to all, and the authors of this site would use thousands of adjectives to describe how hateful, bigoted, mean-spirited, bullying, etc. the actions were.

    Posted by: One small problem | Jul 25, 2012 2:25:58 PM

  9. Predictably, sadly, the gay Uncle Toms are missing the point. Boston's Mayor is promoting Equality. NOM's Dump Starbucks campaign and Chick-fil-A are promoting Inequality, so HOW are they [im]moral equals? Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, mentor, the late, great gay and black civil rights icon Bayard Rustin observed that though they never succeeded in passing a federal anti-lynching law they did succeed in making the idea so reprehensible to the public that lynching as a veritable institution was brought down. The Mayor isn't technically banning them from Boston [though, if they refused to hire gays he could]. He's calling them out—just like the lynch mobs and other racists came to be by anyone who wanted to be thought of as decent, as a good American.

    "Our job is not to get those people who dislike us to love us. Nor was our aim in the civil rights movement to get prejudiced white people to love us. Our aim was to try to create the kind of America, legislatively, morally, and psychologically, such that even though some whites continued to hate us, they could not openly manifest that hate. That's our job today: to control the extent to which people can publicly manifest antigay sentiment." - Bayard Rustin.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jul 25, 2012 2:34:57 PM

  10. One Small Problem,
    Except that Menino isn't blocking Chik-Fil-A legally. He's just using harsh words. It is not being 'acted upon'. He's just saying you would not be welcome here.

    And actually, gay owned and operated businesses have received unfair treatment in other cities, countless times. So I'm not really sure what point you're trying to make other than -- let me be the contrarian.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Jul 25, 2012 2:36:09 PM

  11. "one small problem", if you're an American you'd do well to get better acquainted with what the First Amendment actually is, and means.

    Because your post didn't actually make sense.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 25, 2012 2:38:38 PM

  12. Except it's not a problem because he hasn't said "you're not allowed to come here". He's said "I, as the elected official of the people of Boston, think you're not a good fit here and we the people aren't going to support your restaurant here."

    Chic-Fil-A can still open their store wherever they want, they're just on warning that it may not go over well. This is a prime example of "flexing political muscle" and more politicians need to do it for their constituents.

    Posted by: Brad | Jul 25, 2012 2:39:58 PM

  13. What's important here is the push back against the bigotry. This is a GREAT letter and it sets the tone for the necessary response to increasingly maringalize the haters. Go Boston!

    Posted by: Rob | Jul 25, 2012 2:40:08 PM

  14. Sorry One Small Problem but the First Amendment doesn't address at all anything about prohibiting a business from opening up shop, anywhere. Nice try, though. Keep apologizing, too.

    Posted by: CVP | Jul 25, 2012 2:57:03 PM

  15. Brad, Bedwell and others--I don't know what legal steps the Boston mayor can or will take in this matter. However, Joemygod is reporting that in Chicago, a city councilman is working to deny permits to CFA to open businesses in his district, and this has been said to be like what the Boston mayor is doing. If Menino is simply standing up for marriage equality, fine and well. But I am with those that have concerns about using permitting powers to punish businesses. I can easily see gay businesses being targeted by the right wingers.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Jul 25, 2012 2:57:09 PM

  16. Thomas Menino is my new hero, and the awesome city of Boston will be my next vacation spot! Mr. Menino, history will remember you very fondly and well for this.

    I'd love to see organized, "Join the Impact"-style peaceful, educational protests at Chick-Fil-A outlets all around the country. MOST ESPECIALLY at (but limited to) any college campus food courts!!!

    Another thing that would be cool would be to encourage and entice current Chick-Fil-A personnel to transfer to jobs not at Chick-Fil-A. Would love to see such an "exodus" movement. If I had a business where I needed low- and medium-skill employees, customer service workers, or managers of varying levels, I would like to personally recruit current Chick-Fil-A employees to get them outta there.

    Also, let's not lose sight of the fact that Chick-Fil-A sells terribly unhealthful, obesity and diabetes-promoting food. I stay the hell away from Chick-Fil-A (hey, that rhymes) for that reason alone. (I'm not such it's "Christian" to peddle body-harming stuff like that.)

    OK - I encourage free use of this open-source slogan: "STAY AWAY from Chick-Fil-A."

    Posted by: created equal | Jul 25, 2012 3:00:22 PM

  17. Ugh, when people screech about the 1st Amendment re: boycotts. So you're allowed to have a bigoted position, but I cannot oppose you and choose to spend my money elsewhere? When did the 1st Amendment become a one-way street?

    You want to be a bigot, fine, but I'm not going to give you my money. The major isn't telling them they can't come to Boston, he's saying that Boston doesn't want them. Don't bother.

    Posted by: cjt | Jul 25, 2012 3:01:18 PM

  18. typo fix - I'm not sure it's "Christian"...

    Posted by: created equal | Jul 25, 2012 3:01:19 PM

  19. Further, legally this mayor could prevent this company from opening up shop in Massachusetts because of that state's hate crimes legislation. There's incontrovertible proof that this company has funded hate groups listed on the SPLC site.

    Posted by: CVP | Jul 25, 2012 3:03:32 PM

  20. what are some of you talking about? you're afraid bigots will START to target gay of gay friendly businesses?

    where have you BEEN for the last 50 years? dudes. it's already happening. this is about turning the tables.

    please invest in a spine.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 25, 2012 3:06:48 PM

  21. Mayor of the Year!

    Posted by: Jack M | Jul 25, 2012 3:16:32 PM

  22. Thank you Mayor Menino!
    I appreciate when leaders actually LEAD and especially when it calls out blatent homophobia and bigotry by all the supposedly 'religious' freaks,zealots and wingnuts. One has to wonder if any of these churches actually promote love,tolerance and respect for their fellow human beings or if they are all just money grubbing,anti-tax paying,control freaks?

    Posted by: SFshawn | Jul 25, 2012 3:32:57 PM

  23. I think I might just move to Boston...

    Posted by: Jim | Jul 25, 2012 3:51:01 PM

  24. Government regulates many things about many kinds of businesses; there would be nothing unconstitutional about denying a business permit for fomenting hate and violence against a segment of the population. Free speech does not mean you get a free pass.

    Posted by: Tamika | Jul 25, 2012 3:55:56 PM

  25. There is a First Amendment right for bigoted business owners to say any ignorant thing they want. Mr. Cathy exercised that right, and he can keep on exercising it. (Just as the Mayor of Boston has used his right to free speech to respond that, in his opinion, CFA is not welcome in Boston because its family values are at odds with MA family values.) That doesn't mean that CFA has a first amendment right to open on any street corner it pleases. The right to open a business is not at all the same as the right to speak your mind. Citizens have a say. They can say No, and if a company wants to fight back, let them.

    And, yes, people in Texas or wherever could say that a gay-supportive business is not welcome there, but we shouldn't be afraid of that because rightness is on our side. We know that Chick-Fil-A worked directly to prevent gay people from civil rights. Which civil rights are gay-supportive businesses working to take away from anyone? NONE. So let some mayor try to explain that one and see the response he'll get from the business world. We shouldn't hide from such bigots in 2012--tell them to Bring It On.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jul 25, 2012 4:07:55 PM

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