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Chicago blocks Chick-Fil-A from building a new restaurant

By Robert Kirchgassner,

A Chicago politician announced his intention to keep Chick-Fil-A from opening a restaurant in his neighborhood, in protest over the anti-gay marriage stance of the chain’s president.

Alderman Joe Moreno represents the city’s Logan Square neighborhood and, with the backing of City Council members, plans to block the fast food chain’s permit. Chick-Fil-A already has one restaurant in Chicago.

"It's a very diverse ward -- economically, racially, and diverse in sexual orientation," Moreno said. "We've got thriving businesses and we want more but at the very least don't discriminate against our LGBTQ folks."

Dan Cathy, the chain’s president, recently stated that he believes that marriage is a union between a man and a woman.

Moreno also has the support of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, who wrote to Cathy:

"There is no place for discrimination on Boston's Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it."

He also has the support of Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emmanuel.

"Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values. They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents. This would be a bad investment, since it would be empty," Emmanuel said.

Cathy’s words have also led to the Jim Henson Company severing ties with the chain, and donating earnings from toys inside Chick-Fil-A meals to support GLAAD.

 
 

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