Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 11:32 a.m.
Yesterday, we reported on the Chick-fil-A controversy that has been brewing across the country. Well, it looks like this story's heating up a bit.
As the mayors of Boston, Chicago and San Fran all demanded for the organization to get the hell out of Dodge, our urban boss, Mr. Michael R. Bloomberg, took the side of the fast-food chain that echoes its $2 million worth of donations to anti-same-sex-marriage groups. He argued that the government has no right to tell a business what to believe or interfere with its enterprise based on ideological judgment.
Enter City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. The future mayoral candidate drew her line of opposition to the chicken sandwich purveyor, stating
, "Chick-fil-A is not welcome in New York City as long as the company's president welcomes continues to uphold and promote his discriminatory views."
She is referring to President Dan Cathy's remarks on his defense the 'biblical definition of marriage' and how America should stop questioning God - these statements were mentioned in yesterday's piece as well. For Ms. Quinn, the 'biblical definition of marriage' is a far cry from reality, especially since she recently wed
her longtime partner, Kim M. Catullo.
And, with that, she has started her campaign
to boot this organization from NYC's restaurant ranks.
Yesterday, Ms. Quinn wrote an open-ended letter to NYU President John Sexton - just like Mayor Tom Mancino's letter
to the Chick-fil-A establishment - that called for him to throw Chick-fil-A out of the dining hall. She writes,
"I urge you to sever your relationship with the Chick-fil-A establishment that exists on your campus. This establishment should be replaced with an establishment where the ownership does not denigrate a portion of our population."
FYI: its location at NYU is the only one in New York and it's serving freshmen and sophomores alike in the Weinstein Residence Hall. According to Quinn's letter, once it's closed, the University can re-hire the employees for work in the food service that replaces it. The Observer
has a copy of the letter here
Regardless of whether or not Sexton takes the letter seriously, Quinn has gone above and beyond on her efforts to stop Chick-fil-A: on Change.org, the Council Speaker has created a petition
to kick 'em out. Its title reads, "Chick-fil-A: We demand the Chick-fil-A executive apologize and change his position." It needs 500 signatures; as of this second, it has 309.
By doing so, the head of New York City's legislative branch is taking a staunch position against her executive counterpart, Mr. Bloomberg. Now, we wait to see which side the people of this City choose.