The fight over Chick-fil-A and discrimination has taken an interesting turn.
If you recall, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino issued a scathing public statement condemning the fast food chain for having “arrogant attitudes” after the CEO of Chick-fil-A publicly announced that the company was “guilty as charged,” for its non-profit arms financial support to traditional marriage/anti-same sex marriage organizations. In a letter released late last month, Merino vowed to block plans for the development of a new Chick-fil-A in the city. He also said:
“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…There is no place for discrimination on Boston’s Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it.”
Mayor Menino has been heavily criticized for his statements, mainly from critics who charged that he was pandering, has overstepped his boundaries as mayor and has no legal recourse to bar any company from opening up shop. Feeling the pressure, Menino has somewhat backed away from his statements, now saying that while he can’t “actively block the fast-food chain” from coming to the city, it would be “very difficult” for Chick-fil-A to obtain licenses for a restaurant in Boston.
However, Mayor Menino isn’t the only Bostonian issuing public statements/letters in regards to discrimination in the city. In a four-page letter, hand-delivered a week after Menino’s statement to the Mayor’s office, the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers, or MAMLEO, applauded the mayor for his “strong statements” regarding Chick-fil-A’s alleged discrimination, but also said that he needed to step up in addressing “discriminatory practices,” which they claim Menino has “allowed to exist in the City during your reign.”