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NYC City Council Speaker Christine Quinn Asks NYU President to Kick Chick-fil-A Off its Campus

NYC City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is urging New York University, which rents space to the city's only Chick-fil-A restaurant, to kick the franchise off its campus because of its support for anti-gay causes.

QuinnSays Quinn, in part, in a letter sent today to NYU President John Sexton:

NYC is a place where we celebrate diversity. We do not believe in denigrating others...As you know from recent press coverage, the President of Chick-fil-A continues to make statements and support causes that are clear messages of extreme intolerance and homophobia and a belief that LGBT Americans are less than others and deserve to be treated as such.

Let me be clear -- I do not want establishments in my city that hold such discriminatory views.

I urge you to sever your relationship with the Chick-fil-A establishment that exists on your campus. This establishment should be replaced with an establishment where the ownership does not denigrate a portion of our population.

Quinn's full letter, AFTER THE JUMP...

Quinn's move comes a day after NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters that it's "not government's job" to block businesses based on their political beliefs.

However, it's unclear how Chick-fil-A's position might fare under the auspices of a university that strives not to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.

Quinn has also started a petition on Change.org demanding Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy apologize and change his position.

Quinn Letter to Sexton

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  1. I H

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Jul 30, 2012 4:26:30 AM


  2. Just another grandstanding public official. Do you think she wants to be Mayor of NYC? DAH?

    Posted by: andrew | Jul 30, 2012 6:56:47 AM


  3. Many Catholcs and Protestats believe that people of religions other than their own are destined for HELL. Should government officials move to shut down or interfere with their businesses? That is what much of the Chick-Fil-A opponents are calling for. That is a very dangerous slippery slope.

    Posted by: andrew | Jul 30, 2012 7:11:55 AM


  4. I am a huge supporter of gay rights and marriage equality, but I think this is kind of ridiculous. So the head of a Christian-run business says he's anti-gay-marriage and you all act surprised?!?! How idiotic are you? Are you going to ask the Catholic Church to leave New York as well?

    We need legislative victories, and victories in the courts. We are not going to convince Christians to like us by stomping our feet and yelling at them. We have a really good Constitutional argument for marriage equality on at least 3 bases (1st amendment, 10th amendment, 14th amendment). Let's focus on those and let religious people hate in peace.

    Posted by: Sandy | Jul 30, 2012 11:05:21 AM


  5. @Sandy:

    Uh, despite what the media is saying, it's not that he hates us -- it's that his company throws hundreds of thousands of dollars at groups that seek to cut short our equality.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Jul 30, 2012 8:48:03 PM


  6. So, Bloomberg would be okay with setting up a Ku Klux Klan recruitment office on campus? How about the American Nazis? Or the PLO?

    Guess it would be okay so long as they don't serve 16-ounce Cokes at their meetings.

    Posted by: wimsy | Aug 2, 2012 7:24:03 PM


  7. “Let me be clear,” she wrote, “I do not want establishments in my city that hold such discriminatory views.”

    Wow. Just, wow. FRIGHTENING. Chick-Fil-A serves every person who enters their doors. Even people who want a free cup of water. Chick-Fil-A does not practice discrimination in their hiring.

    Now a business owner's "VIEWS" (not their tangible service practices) are enough for a government official to disallow business in a particular location? FRIGHTENING. Mayor Bloomberg, thank you for having a common-sense knowledge of the 1st Amendment. Ms. Quinn, as of yet, you are not the arbiter of THOUGHT POLICE. Mr. Cathy's views may be repugnant, but he has broken NO LAWS. Who is next? A Jewish business that disagrees with your views on Israel? A Muslim who thinks homosexuality is wrong? Krystallnacht ring a bell?

    Posted by: Zooly | Aug 5, 2012 10:52:18 AM


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