Boston Mayor Thomas Menino on Thursday vowed to block fast-food chain Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant near the city’s “Freedom Trail,” a response to comments by the chain’s president that gay marriage is “inviting God’s judgment on our nation.”
“Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston,” Menino told the Boston Herald.
“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,” the mayor said.
Chick-fil-A is reportedly considering opening its first Boston location at a site directly across from City Hall.
“That’s the Freedom Trail. That’s where it all started right here. And we’re not going to have a company, Chick-fil-A or whatever the hell the name is, on our Freedom Trail,” Menino said.
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“If they need licenses in the city, it will be very difficult — unless they open up their policies,” Menino warned.
Last year, Menino, a Democra, blocked Walmart from a developing in the city’s Roxbury neighborhood, criticizing the retail giant’s impact on neighborhood businesses and lower-wage workers.
The company released a Thursday that said it has a history of applying “biblically-based principles” to managing its business, such as closing on Sundays, but insisted it does not discriminate.