Boston Mayor Tom Menino Tells Chick-fil-A to Go Cluck Itself

Not chicken when it comes to gay rights.
Not chicken when it comes to gay rights. Photo: Dan4th/Flickr

Boston Mayor Tom Menino has vowed that gay-hatin’ Chick-fil-A won’t open in Boston if he has anything to do with it. The avuncular mayor, who is also an avowed hater of soda and obesity, says that a company with anti-gay beliefs just shouldn’t sling chicken in a progressive city. “Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston. 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,” he told the Boston Herald.

Particularly worrisome is Boston’s iconic Freedom Trail, which was rumored to be a future Chick-fil-A site. “That’s the Freedom Trail. That’s where it all started right here. And we’re not going to have a company, Chick-fil-A or whatever the hell the name is, on our Freedom Trail,” he vowed. Menino also plans to write a letter to the company and promises that he’ll make their license process “very difficult” unless they backpedal.

“We’re a leader when it comes to social justice and opportunities for all,” Menino said. Despite his rabid hatred of Mountain Dew, we’ve got to give the guy credit here.

Mayor Menino on Chick-fil-A: Stuff It [Herald]

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