Update on Chick-fil-A Backlash: Chicago Takes a Stand

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By Elizabeth S. Mitchell Comment

As we reported earlier this week, fast food chain Chick-fil-A won’t be opening a franchise in Boston anytime soon, thanks to the anti-gay marriage comments recently made by the company’s president, Dan Cathy. Well, we can now add Chicago to the list of cities in which Chick-fil-A is unwelcome.

While Chick-fil-A already has one location in Chicago, Proco “Joe” Moreno, a member of the City Council, told the Chicago Tribune that he plans to prevent the franchise from building its second restaurant in his ward, saying, “If you are discriminating against a segment of the community, I don’t want you in the 1st Ward…Because of this man’s ignorance, I will now be denying Chick-fil-A’s permit to open a restaurant in the 1stWard.” He also said that Cathy’s comments were “bigoted, homophobic.”

Also, according to the Los Angeles Times, Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of the Windy City, released a statement that said, “Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values. They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents. This would be a bad investment, since it would be empty.”

According to the Chicago Tribune, in response to Emanuel’s comments, Lauren Silich, who owns Chicago’s only Chick-fil-A franchise, which opened last year, said in a press release that she and her staff are dedicated to “serving all of our guests with honor, dignity and respect…We alone created 97 jobs this past year and our passion is building leaders for future generations, regardless of sexual orientation or beliefs.”

She has reportedly invited Emanuel to meet her, her husband, and management staff at her restaurant. As of this morning, the mayor’s office had no immediate response.