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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Backs Alderman’s Plan to Block Anti-Gay Chick-Fil-A from Opening Restaurant
Chicago Alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno says he won’t allow Chick-Fil-A to open a restaurant in his Northwest Side ward because of the company’s anti-gay worldview, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel is offering his support, the Chicago Tribune reports:
“If you are discriminating against a segment of the community, I don’t want you in the 1st Ward,” Moreno told the Tribune on Tuesday.
Moreno stated his position in strong terms, referring to Cathy’s “bigoted, homophobic comments” in a proposed opinion page piece that an aide also sent to Tribune reporters. “Because of this man’s ignorance, I will now be denying Chick-fil-A’s permit to open a restaurant in the 1st Ward.”
The alderman has the ideological support of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
“Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values,” the mayor said in a statement when asked about Moreno’s decision. “They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents. This would be a bad investment, since it would be empty.”
The proposed restaurant, in the Logan Square neighborhood, would be the second to open in the Windy City.
Note: Michelangelo Signorile is having Moreno on his show at 4:30 pm ET.
Posted Jul. 25,2012 at 3:30 PM EST by Andy Towle in Chicago, Chick-fil-A, News, Rahm Emanuel | Permalink