Bloomberg disagrees with other mayors on Chick-fil-A

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

NEW YORK (AP) -- As New York mayor Michael Bloomberg sees it, denying people the freedom to marry whomever they choose is no worse than denying someone the ability to open a store.

Bloomberg supports same-sex marriage -- but he's taking issue with mayors who have said the fast-food chain Chick-fil-A is not welcome in their cities because the company opposes gay marriage.

The mayors of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco have been among those attacking Chick-fil-A after the company's president, Dan Cathy, said he backs "the biblical definition of a family."

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino wrote a letter to Cathy saying, "There is no place for discrimination on Boston's Freedom Trail, and no place for your company alongside it."

But Bloomberg said on his weekly radio show that it's inappropriate for a government to look at someone's political views in deciding whether that person can live, work or operate a business.

And Bloomberg is right, according to Richard Socarides, a New York lawyer and former Clinton White House adviser on gay rights, who is urging a boycott of Chick-fil-A. He says consumers can spend money where they want -- but that a city can't regulate speech by denying a business permit based on the owners' political beliefs.

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  • by Tina Peters Location: United States on Jul 28, 2012 at 10:54 AM
    Communism here we come. When a elected official can tell a business they can't operate due to their religious beliefs, watch out! Are we in Nazi Germany or what and what does that have to do with marriage. Marriage by it's definition means the union of a man and woman. Perhaps gays could change their sexual partnership to another word. When you start redefining definitions, anything goes, along a lawless society .
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      by Scott on Jul 28, 2012 at 01:37 PM in reply to Tina Peters
      Funny how conservatives are all about keeping government out of people's lives, unless they agree with what the government is telling people they can't do.
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        by Fess Up on Jul 28, 2012 at 05:25 PM in reply to Scott
        Come on Scott just come on out of that closet.
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          by Scott on Jul 28, 2012 at 05:33 PM in reply to Fess Up
          You first.
  • by SAM Location: Grand Junction on Jul 28, 2012 at 07:49 AM
    Menino is an idiot and a hypocrite. He states that there is no place for discrimination in Boston, but then he discriminates against a person of a different belief. Every one should patronize Chick-fil-A just to show that not every one believes the same as gays and their political footballs.
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      by Tina Peters on Jul 28, 2012 at 10:55 AM in reply to SAM
      Amen
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      by Anonymous on Jul 28, 2012 at 08:28 PM in reply to SAM
      What do you know SAM? Have you ever been discriminated against? Menino is making positive changes in Boston and here comes Chick-Fil-A to challenge it all and bring it all down. Now who is really being discriminated against. It is yet again the thou art more better than the gays vs freedom and anti-discrimination and growing up. Chick-Fil-A may well go out of business over this and that is making a statement. And tina, enough w/ the Amens! You want to talk about hypocrisy? Go there.
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        by SAM on Jul 29, 2012 at 05:48 PM in reply to
        Does the word "intolerance" mean anything to you? I am unable to make any sense out of your babbling.
  • by Justme on Jul 28, 2012 at 07:03 AM
    I brought a car load of kids to Chick-fil-a last night because of these stories. I forgot how good the food was! The store is always clean and the workers are polite, competent and well groomed. I'll be going back soon!
  • by Finally on Jul 28, 2012 at 06:05 AM
    Good for him!
  • by Disgusted Location: Ritterville on Jul 27, 2012 at 10:49 PM
    I agree with Doomberg also. This is almost as bad as a little petty tyrant who is a mayor of a city decreeing that no one can eat salt or buy a soda larger than 16 ounces. Go get em Doomberg! Your ethics are shining through!
  • by Scott on Jul 27, 2012 at 04:44 PM
    As glad as I am to see people taking a stand against the parochial position endorsed by Chick-fil-A, I agree with Blomberg as well. If the KKK wanted to open a KFC franchise, they should have every right to. And everyone else has the right not to eat at that restaurant. Let Chick-fil-A open all the restaurants they want. Vote with your feet.
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      by Calling You Out on Jul 28, 2012 at 05:31 PM in reply to Scott
      So Scott when some one stands by their opinion for traditional marriage they are parochial and people should take a stand. But when you liberals jump on the gay marriage band wagon you are fighting a righteous fight? What a hypocrite. You so called intellectual elitists are terrified of someone who does not agree with you. But since you are so self righteous you believe that your cause is noble. Pleeeease! Your two faced superiority is sickening.
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        by Scott on Jul 28, 2012 at 05:36 PM in reply to Calling You Out
        Not at all. I have no problem with someone who is against gay marriage. What I have a problem with is using the government to enforce that opinion. You don't want gay marriage? Don't have one. But what right do you have to tell someone else what they can or can't do? That's what I have the problem with. No hypocrisy there.
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          by Calling You Out on Jul 28, 2012 at 05:53 PM in reply to Scott
          Scott you have HYPOCRITE stitched in your underwear. But I do agree about the government. However you are all for government interference if it advances your narrow minded, ignorant view of the world. If you could read well you would see that when many people have an opinion against gay marriage it has nothing to do with the government. And every time anyone so much as leans towards an anti gay stance you are one of the first ones to label them and castigate them for enjoying their right to free speech. I got news for you Scott you are not the only one who can and should be able to enjoy the right to express themselves.
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          by Scott on Jul 28, 2012 at 06:03 PM in reply to Scott
          You misunderstood what I said. Yes, I think someone who is against gay marriage is parochial. That doesn't mean I don't think they have a right to hold that opinion. And I certainly don't think they should use the government to impose that opinion on other people. Still not seeing the hypocrisy.
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