Boston Mayor Backs Down On Chick-Fil-A
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has backed down on his vow to block Chick-Fil-A from opening a new franchise across from City Hall.
“I can’t do that. That would be interference to his rights to go there,” Menino said, referring to company president Dan Cathy, who drew the mayor’s wrath by going public with his views against same-sex marriage. The mayor added: “I make mistakes all the time. That’s a Menino-ism.”The ACLU has warned governments against actions such as those threatened by officials in several cities.
The ACLU “strongly supports” same-sex marriage, Schwartz said, but noted that if a government can exclude a business for being against same-sex marriage, it can also exclude a business for being in support of same-sex marriage. “But we also support the First Amendment,” he said. “We don’ think the government should exclude Chick-fil-A because of the anti-LGBT message. We believe this is clear cut."