Chick-fil-A Roundup: Elected Officials Back Off, A Discrimination Suit, And Colbert Dishes

Stephen Colbert's visualization of Chick-fil-A's Dan Cathy

The backlash against Chick-fil-A for its condemnations and campaigns against the LGBT community — including yearly giving to ex-gay organization Exodus International — continued today. (Check out video of the Human Rights Campaign’s protest in Washington DC yesterday.) As elected officials clarified to what extent they could actually limit the restaurant’s expansion in their cities, a new gender discrimination lawsuit suggests there may be more reasons not to welcome the Christian-run franchises.

Officials Back Off Threats To Block Chick-fil-A

Both Boston Mayor Thomas Menino (D) and Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno (D) have clarified that they will not be using their political power to obstruct Chick-fil-A’s expansion into their cities, though they still stand strongly opposed to the anti-gay company. When asked about blocking a new franchise near Boston’s Freedom Trail because of president Dan Cathy’s remarks, Menino told the Boston Herald, “I can’t do that. That would be interference to his rights to go there.” Moreno appeared on CNN this morning to make the same point, clarifying that he’s still on guard that Chick-fil-A’s beliefs may lead to anti-gay discrimination. Watch it:

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee also offered his disapproval for the company’s anti-equality policies, tweeting, “Closest #ChickFilA to San Francisco is 40 miles away & I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer.”

Woman Sues Chick-fil-A For Gender Discrimination

Former Chick-fil-A general manager Brenda Honeycutt is suing the company for wrongful termination, alleging she was let go from her job so that she could be a “stay home mother.” According to the suit, her boss, proprietor Jeff Howard, excluded Honeycutt from meetings he held with male general managers, then eventually fired her, telling her and several others it so she could be a stay home mother. He hired another male employee to replace her. Honeycutt was also not the only female employee unfairly treated by Chick-fil-A. Given the controversial Biblical principles already known to dictate the company’s other principles and practices, this suit does not bode well for its reputation.

Steven Colbert Defends Chick-fil-A Stock Photo Teenage Girls

Last night, Stephen Colbert dedicated a segment to the Chick-fil-A, highlighting the fake teenage girl who defended the company on Facebook, as well as Rick Santorum, noting, “If you like Santorum, you’ll love Chick-fil-A Sauce. It’s a frothy mix of sweet and spicy.” Watch it: