Boston Mayor Menino wants to keep pro-marriage Chick-fil-A out of town
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 23, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Mayor Thomas Menino has vowed to block Chick-Fil-A from setting up shop in Boston after the president of the fast food chain recently confirmed his company’s stance against same-sex ‘marriage’.
“The Mayor’s position is just stupid and unconstitutional,” said Brian Camenker, who heads MassResistance, to LifeSiteNews. “You can’t just discriminate against a business and force it out of town because you happen to disagree with where the owner of the business gives his money.”
Mayor Menino, who has been hailed by homosexual groups as the “most pro-gay politician” in the country for his efforts that imposed homosexual ‘marriage’ on Bostonians, told the Boston Herald last week that “Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston.”
“You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population,” he said.
Camenker pointed out, however, that Chick-fil-A “doesn’t discriminate against anybody” and called the mayor’s word’s “nasty and vindictive” for “putting up road blocks to keep this restaurant from being in Boston”.
Chick-fil-A defended itself in a statement last week, pointing out that the “Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect - regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.”
Dan Cathy, president of Chick-fil-A, told the Baptist Press last week about his company’s support for the traditional family. “We are very much supportive of the family - the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”
Homosexual activists, however, have been calling for boycotts against the chain, which operates 1,608 restaurants across the U.S. with annual sales last year in excess of $4 billion, because it has made substantial corporate donations to pro-traditional marriage groups.
Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), told LifeSiteNews that the best solution to the mayor’s condemnation of Chick-fil-A is for people “who believe in traditional marriage and people who believe in a traditional moral lifestyle, to eat more chicken.”
“No one elected him emperor. No one elected him the food czar of Boston,” he said.
“I would say that it’s up to the people of Boston to decide what kind of restaurants they want in Boston, not the Mayor.”
“The people of Boston ought to be free to choose which restaurants they want to patronize. And restauranteurs ought to be free to put their restaurants in the cities where the consumers want them.”
Land said that he and his family “go out of our way” to be customers at Chick-fil-A because of their pro-traditional family stance.
“I certainly wouldn’t put up with this if I was a resident of Boston. I would be protesting the people depriving me of the right to have Chick-fil-A,” he said.
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