Chick-Fil-A’s plans to expand into one of the nation’s largest cities has hit a snag, after Boston Mayor Thomas Menino sent a scathing letter to company president Dan Cathy informing him that so long as the company remained intolerant of the LGBT community, Boston would remain intolerant of Chick-Fil-A.
In a letter dated July 20, Menino writes:
You called supporters of gay marriage “prideful”. Here in Boston, to borrow your own words, we are “guilty as charged.” We are indeed full of pride for our support of same sex marriage and our work to expand freedom to all people. We are proud that our state and our city have led the way for the country on equal marriage rights.
Chick-Fil-A had reportedly been seeking property along the city’s famous Freedom Trail, a tourism hotspot and prime real estate for businesses, for its first Boston location. But Menino has vowed to block any attempt by the company to open a new store. “There is no place for discrimination on Boston’s Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it,” he wrote in the letter.
Menino’s letter may have been just the first crack in the dam. Yesterday, Chicago alderman Joe Moreno made a similar pledge to block any attempts by the chain to build its second store in the city, proposed for the highly trafficked Logan Square neighborhood whose zoning is controlled by Moreno.
“If you are discriminating against a segment of the community, I don’t want you in the 1st Ward,” he said on Tuesday in an interview with the Chicago Tribune.
The chain, which has stores nationwide and currently ranks as the nation’s 10th largest fast food company, has found itself at the center of a maelstrom of criticism after Cathy’s remarks.