It seems Monday has become Chick-fil-A news day. Sarah Palin has decided to weigh in on the Chick-fil-A “Guilty as charged” debate. She posted a tweet and Facebook photo showing her support for what she called “a great business.”
She popped the following message up on Twitter and Facebook:
Palin also posted a photo to her Facebook page, giving a thumbs up as she and her husband hold Chick-fil-A bags.
The now highly politicized controversy began when Chick-fil-A COO and President Dan Cathy recently answered a question about his franchise’s “support of the traditional family.”
“Well, guilty as charged,” Cathy said.
Everyone one from Senators, late night TV show hosts, mayors and representatives from large metropolitan areas, to the usual sprawling arguments on Facebook and Twitter have felt the need to join the fray on one side or another.
Boston mayor Thomas Menino has vowed to block Southern fried food franchise Chick-fil-A from expanding into Boston, given the companies anti-gay attitude.
“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….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.”
Menino’s decision to block the fried chicken chain from opening in Boston stems from an incident wherein the family owned Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy admitted he was “guilty as charged” in having an anti-homosexual stance. “If they need licenses in the city,” Menino told The Boston Herald, “it will be very difficult — unless they open up their policies.”
Chick-fil-A has been eyeing Boston as an area of expansion, looking at buildings near many landmarks. Menino says anti-homosexual businesses don’t belong on the Freedom Trail: “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”
Cathy’s anti-homosexual stance had long been rumored - but was recently confirmed this week. The restaurant made some attempts to distance itself from the controversy, writing on its Facebook wall that “our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.” It seems as though that there are many who aren’t ready to leave it at that.
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