N.Y. Mayor Michael Bloomberg defends Chick-fil-A’s right to oppose gay marriage

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Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray.

Hate chicken” is how D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray described Chick-fil-A on Friday afternoon, situating himself squarely in a growing bloc of U.S. city mayors around the country exhibiting a political and moral stance against the fast food chain for its opposition to gay marriage.

“Given my long standing strong support for LGBT rights and marriage equality, I would not support #hatechicken,” Gray wrote in a post on his Twitter account Friday afternoon.

Gray is now the fifth mayor to speak up publicly on the issue since Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy reiterated his belief in the biblical definition of marriage in an interview earlier this month.

Earlier Friday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he isn’t planning to block the fast food chain from his city, following remarks by mayors representing San Francisco, Boston and Chicago denouncing the Atlanta-based restaurant chain for its anti-same-sex marriage values.

In spite of Bloomberg’s support of same-sex marriage, he said Friday morning on his radio show that “it’s inappropriate for a city government or a state government or the federal government to look at somebody’s political views and decide whether or not they can live in the city or operate a business in the city or work for somebody in the city.” Bloomberg’s even-handed sentiment stands apart from the damning remarks and open threats that Chick-fil-A has received in recent days from the mayors of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco. In the past two weeks, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel have pledged to block the restaurant chain in their cities in response to Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy’s admission in recent interviews that he supports the biblical definition of marriage and not same-sex marriage


From Emanuel: “Chick-Fil-A values are not Chicago values.”

From Menino: “There is no place for discrimination on Boston’s Fredom Trail and no place for your company alongside it.”

On Thursday night, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee joined the fray with a posting on his Twitter account: “Closest #ChickFilA to San Francisco is 40 miles away & I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer.”

Menino later said there’s not much he can do to actually stop Chick-fil-A from opening in Boston. Emanuel later said he wouldn’t block Chick-fil-A from opening in Chicago.

During his radio show Friday morning, Bloomberg said Emanuel, Menino and Lee “really are good mayors,” but that “trampling on the freedom to marry whoever you want is exactly the same as trampling on your freedom to open a store.

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  • wthu

    Bloomberg supports Chick-fil-A.
    I guess they don’t serve large sodas.

  • bpridgen

    I guess having an “open discussion” about this subject isn’t possible unless your opinion is in agreement with “theirs”. If ones opinion doesn’t agree with the left, you are vile, racist and filled with hate!!! How did we arrive here folks? This is so sad!

  • AgentFoxMulder

    It’s fun to watch politicians fall all over each other as they race to appease special interest groups (voting blocks and campaign contributors).

  • Catken1

    I guess “having an open discussion” to you means, “I get to say what I believe, and you get to shut up and/or agree with me?”

    If you say what you believe, and what you believe is that your fellow Americans’ marriages and families are Bad Things that should be banned, you may expect that the consequences of your speech will be at least a response, probably an angry one.

    At least if we don’t agree with your choice of consenting adult spouse, we don’t try to make your choice illegal. At least if we don’t agree with your family choices, we don’t try to make you a legal stranger to them as punishment.

  • familynet

    catken, was your response just as angry when obama gave the same opinion against homosexual marriages in 2008? And before that when he ran for senate in 2004?

  • aristotlegleuteusmaximus

    Bloomberg also has his own intelligence agency that sidesteps the FBI and violates the constitutional rights of people they spy on and arrest.

  • Catken1

    I was angry with him, yes. But then there was an electoral contest going on, and I had a choice of two people, both of whom opposed gay marriage. I picked the one likeliest to change his mind, and the one who, even if he didn’t change his mind, was likely at least not to PROMOTE overt discrimination and cruelty towards gay people.

    When he ran for Senate, I couldn’t vote for or against him, as I am registered to vote in Virginia, not Illinois (my birth state, but not my current residence.)

    Now. How would you feel about a business that tried to take away your family because they found your religion, choice of spouse, or other lifestyle choice of yours abhorrent and sinful, according to a religion you do not choose to follow?

  • WmarkW

    You know who’s a lot more anti-gay than Chidk-fil-A; the Nation of Islam, whose leader Loius Farrakhan described homosexuality a learned behavior that was turning America into Sodom and Gamorrah.

    Is Farrakhan unwelcome in Chicago? Hardly, the group’s Salaam restaurant re-opened on the south side this year, and Mayor Emmanuel approved of their patroling ghetto neighborhoods to discourage crime.

  • harrybensonopolis

    Nice try there Gray, Bloomberg is still more popular than you!

  • harrybensonopolis

    I agree with same sex marriages (as in I don’t really care either way) but I find it disturbing that a person, a private business owner no-less can’t express an opinion. A same-sex couple, even a married one can go into to Chick Fil-A and order food and receive the same level of service. It’s not like they are barred from ever going there, or even dining there. Not everyone has to agree on the same thing. And just because a person disagrees with same-sex marriage doesn’t mean they are homophobic or “filled with hate”.

  • Catken1

    No, but it is a hateful action to try to take away someone’s legal marriage and make their family life less stable and happy because you disagree with their choice of spouse. Imagine how you would feel if someone of a different religious persuasion tried to do it to you.

    And yes, he may certainly express an opinion. It’s when he tries to write his opinion into law and force it on the rest of us that he crosses the line.


    There’s probably about 7,000 independently owned and operated restauraunts in the 5 boroughs of NYC who deserve more attention from Bloomberg than any chain fast food joints. Better food, nicer places…

    But the mom n’ pop beaneries aren’t traded on the NYSE or worth megamillions, and that’s all that Mayor 1% Mike cares about.

    You can get dynamite chicken and fries at the local NYC chain Ranch 1, or a chicken breast on a pita at Mamoun’s for cheaper than you can get a Chik Fil A meal.

    And it won’t be chicken made with mystery parts and white slime like you get at Chik Fil A.

    The fast food chains are all the same and they’ve made America faceless and homogenous when it isn’t. Boycott the chains. Patronize your locally owned and operated restauraunts. Order something you ain’t never had before.


    If you believe that the rights of Americans are to be only granted to the select, then you are a bigot.