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Boston Mayor Bans Chick-Fil-A Over Anti-Gay Comments

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Boston mayor Thomas Menino is not about to have "Chick-fil-A or whatever the hell the name is, on our Freedom Trail." Menino has promised to block the fried chicken chain from opening in Boston after Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy admitted he was "guilty as charged" in having an anti-homosexual stance. "If they need licenses in the city," Menino told The Boston Herald, "it will be very difficult — unless they open up their policies."

Chick-fil-A has been looking at opening in a Boston building near many landmarks, and Menino says anti-homosexual businesses don't belong on the so-called Freedom Trail: "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"

Cathy's anti-homosexual stance has long been rumored but was only confirmed this week. The restaurant has attempted to distance itself from the controversy, writing on its Facebook wall that "our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena." It seems Thomas Menino, at least, isn't going to let them off that easily.

· Mayor Menino on Chick-fil-A: Stuff it [Boston Herald]
· All Chick-fil-A Coverage on Eater [-E-]