Our same-sex activist and historian Michael Faltum took on the Chick-fil-A controversy earlier this week with his moving commentary. Editor’s take on the whole mess: Please do not serve your politics (or religion) with my side of fries!!!
We are happy to report that we are not the only ones appalled but this jerk. Check out what Boston Mayor Thomas Menino was wrote a scathing letter to Cathy last Friday urging him to keep his restaurant out of Boston.
To Mr. Cathy:
In recent days you said Chick-fail-A opposed same-sex marriage and said the generationa that supports it has an “arrogant attitude.”
Now – incredibly – your company says you are backing out of the same-sex marriage debate. I urge you to back out of your plans to located in Boston.
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 country on equal marriage rights.
I was angry to learn on the heels of your prejudiced statements about your search for a site to located in Boston. There is no place for discrimination on Boston’s Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it. When Massachusetts became the first state in the country to recognize equal marriage rights, I personally stood on City Hall Plaza to greet same-sex couples coming here to be married. It would be an insult to them and to our city’s long history of expanding freedom to have a Chick-fil-A across the street from that spot.
Thomas M. Menino
Mayor, City of Boston