I say this as a same-sex marriage supporter: this is dumb, Menino.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino is vowing to block Chick-fil-A from bringing its Southern-fried fast-food empire to Boston — possibly to a popular tourist spot just steps from the Freedom Trail — after the family-owned firm’s president suggested gay marriage is “inviting God’s judgment on our nation.”
“Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston. 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,” Menino told the Herald yesterday.
“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.”
…because if Chick-fil-A actually does decide to try to expand into Boston and the Mayor’s office does block the applications then I imagine that the first thing that Chick-fil-A’s lawyers are going to check is whether there’s any, say, Southern Baptist and/or Roman Catholic-affiliated organizations with a business on the Freedom Trail – or applying for business permits in the City of Boston. And then, when those lawyers find those examples, the next step is to ask why the City of Boston is discriminating against a private company for taking the same position on same-sex marriage as, to reiterate the point, the Archdiocese of Boston.
Don’t get me wrong: I would like Chick-fil-A to change its position on same-sex marriage. But it’s not even in the marriage business! They’d be discriminating if they banned homosexuals from their restaurants, either as customers or employees; and the next report that I see that they’re doing that will be the first. Whether I like it or not – and the universe is notably indifferent to my suffering – opposition to same-sex marriage is not exactly fringe*.
I appreciate that Menino has a particular – and apparently highly provincial – demographic to cater to, but you’d think that he would have thought this through.
*Neither is support for it, for the benefit of those snickering at my slight gritting of teeth at watching people who are technically on my side make asses of themselves (and by extension, me) again.