Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has vowed to ban Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant in the city after the company’s president voiced opposition to gay marriage during a radio interview with On Top Magazine.
Menino told the Boston Herald on Thursday that he doesn’t want a business in the city “that discriminates against a population.”
Meanwhile, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press this week that his privately owned company is “guilty as charged” in support of what he called the biblical definition of the family.
The fast-food chicken sandwich chain also said that it strives to “treat every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.” Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A has more than 1,600 stores nationwide but just two in Massachusetts, both located in suburban malls, according to a Sacramento Bee report.
"We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that," Cathy told the publication.
Expanding on the “Gay Marriage” issue, Actor Ed Helms, who plays Andy on NBC’s "The Office" and has starred in "The Hangover" films, said this week that he would be boycotting Chick-fil-A because of what he views as the restaurant’s anti-gay views.
Chick-fil-A has been the subject of protests in the past for having an anti-gay stance. In March, students from colleges around the country protested the restaurant from coming to their campuses.
In 2009, the company donated about $2 million to groups advocating same-sex marriages, such as the Marriage & Family Legacy Fund, Focus on the Family, Exodus International and Family Research Council.
Three drag queens created a popular parody protest video against Chick-fil-A and posted it on the Internet. The clip, which parodies the 1990 hit "Hold On" by Wilson Philips, received nearly 1,500,000 views on YouTube.
Boston’s Northeastern University was one of the schools that voted to block the fast food chain. New York University students also campaigned to remove Chick-fil-A from campus, which happens to be the only such eatery in Manhattan.