On Monday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was still being asked about his last week’s comment regarding Chic-fil-A restaurants. Typical of Emanuel, he hasn’t altered his opinion at all regardless of how unpopular his opinion is. He maintains his staunch negative opinion regarding the restaurant chain’s president’s anti-gay stance.
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A week ago last Friday, the president of the restaurant chain Dan Cathy said that he supports traditional marriage and no other. Following that comment, last week, Emanuel said that Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago’s values, and furthermore the mayor supported Chicago’s 1st Ward Alderman Joe Moreno’s efforts to block the restaurant from being built in the Logan Square neighborhood along Elston Avenue – an area that allegedly now has many gays and lesbians residing.
In answering a question regarding any regrets the mayor may now have concerning the “now-national” story about Chicago banning the restaurant from expanding on Chicago’s Northwest Side, Emanuel said:
No. I don’t <regret it>. And the simple reason is, when it comes to values, there’s a policy as it relates to gay marriage. The values of our city are ones that welcome and recognize that, and I will continue to fight for that.
Many have supported Emanuel’s disdain for Dan Cathy’s anti-gay remarks. Persons believe Cathy should be thinking of the reputation of his business and people who depend on his business for a livelihood before he makes such politically-sensitive remarks. Others support Cathy’s right to free speech in spite of what it does to his business’s success.
Regarding Emanuel, he has become a hot topic regarding the potential over-reach of government to keep a business from operating in Chicago.
Last week, the owner of the Water Tower-area Chick-fil-A restaurant just off the Magnificent Mile asked to meet with Mayor Emanuel at her restaurant, and that meeting has not been granted.
The primary source of this article is ABC.
Sources: ABC, Huffington Post