Boston Mayor, Thomas M. Menino, has promised to block Chick-fil-A’s efforts to open restaurants in Boston, particularly one near the city’s Freedom Trail. Boston and Massachusetts pride themselves on being on the leading edge of American progress being the site of the first shots of the American Revolution and becoming the first state to legalize gay marriage in 2004.
“That’s the Freedom Trail,” Menino told the Boston Herald Thursday. “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.”
Menino went on to say: “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.”
The mayor went on to voice his disapproval directly to Dan Cathy, the president of Chick-fil-A, sending a strongly worded letter of disapproval, writing: “You called supporters of gay marriage ‘prideful. Here in Boston, to borrow your own words, we are ‘guilty as charged.’ We are indeed full of pride for our support of same sex marriage and our work to expand freedom to all people. We are proud that our state and our city have led the way for the county on equal marriage rights.”
You can read the letter attached below.