Here’s The Letter Where Boston Mayor Tells Chick Fil-A To Stay The Cluck Out Of His Town

The controversy surrounding Chick fil-A and its leadership’s stance on same-sex marriage will likely not die down anytime soon, especially now that the Internet has the actual letter sent by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to the eatery’s president Dan Cathy.

Menino came out against Chick fil-A publicly last week, on the same day that the Jim Henson Company announced it was severing ties with the chain. But a copy of the letter [via BusinessInsider] is just now becoming public.

The image is below, but for those who are not fans of blurry scans, here is the text:

To Mr. Cathy:
In recent days you said Chick fil-A opposes same-sex marriage and said the generation that supports it as 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 locate 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 locate 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 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.

Sincerely,
Thomas M. Menino

In other Chick fil-A related news, the company has been accused by some on the Internet of creating fake Facebook “fans” to defend the chain in the comments. We’re writing to Chick fil-A now to see if it has official comment on these allegations.

UPDATE: Chick fil-A says it has nothing to do with the bogus Facebook account.

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  1. balderdashed says:

    I agree with the ACLU and others that it would be wrong for a city or other government entity to deny a permit or otherwise change the way in which it applies the law, simply because it disagrees with the political or social views of a company’s CEO. But that’s not what’s happening, at least in the Boston case. In his letter, Boston Mayor Menino expresses his support for same sex marriage, his opposition to Chick Fil-A’s statements, and declares, “There is no place for discrimination on Boston’s Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it.” Clearly, in the mayor’s view, a Chick Fil-A would not be a welcome addition to Boston. But the mayor does not threaten, or even allude to, any legal action by the city to prevent Chick Fil-A from operating in Boston, should it choose to do so. Those who would defend the statements of Chick Fil-A’s CEO on free speech grounds should be equally supportive of Boston’s mayor — if this argument is really about the right to say what one thinks.

    • scoosdad says:

      Well I took his cc’ing the owner of the property of the proposed Chick Fil-A as an implied threat. Why else would he have done that? This guy probably has other commerical properties all over the city and the metro area and the implied message to me said, “keep this from happening if you don’t want to have problems elsewhere”.

      While I agree with the underlying spirit of his message, I think the mayor has shot himself in the foot once again with a well-intentioned fumble and this is only going to make Chick Fil-A even more resolved to come to Boston.