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Chick-fil-A Anti-Gay, Same-Sex Marriage Comments Banned Company from Boston

Jul 25, 2012 11:09 AM EDT | By Zanub Saeed
A sign is seen before Republican presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich visits a Chick-fil-A in Anderson
A sign is seen before Republican presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich visits a Chick-fil-A in Anderson(Photo : Reuters)

By Zanub Saeed

When Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy stated that the company's strong Christian standings meant that they were against same sex marriage, the public was outraged, so much so that the city of Boston has banned the opening of the fast-food chain in the major city.

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino vowed that he will block Chick-fil-A stores from opening in the Massachusetts metro city, said the Boston Herald this week, as he did not want to associate the city with the strongly religious franchise organization.

"Chick-fil-A doesn't belong in Boston," Menino told the Boston Herald. "You can't have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population. We're an open city, we're a city that's at the forefront of inclusion."

"That's the Freedom Trail. That's where it all started right here," Menino continued. "And we're not going to have a company, Chick-fil-A or whatever the hell the name is, on our Freedom Trail."

When Cathy's comments were made to the Baptist Press this week, Chick-fil-A tried to explain their beliefs, though it did not go well.

"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," the company said in a release issued on their Facebook. "Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena."

Menino said he plans to fire off a letter to the company's Atlanta headquarters "telling them my feelings on the matter."

"If they need licenses in the city, it will be very difficult - unless they open up their policies," he warned," Menino told the Boston Herald.

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