mayor of boston puts equality before commerce, tells bigoted company to stay out of city

Menino: "Chick-fil-A would be an insult to the city's long history of expanding freedom."

Rob Ford, please take note.


johngoldfine said...

Not too shabby a letter!

But take with a grain of salt Mumbles Menino's touting of Boston's long history of expanding freedom. For example:


laura k said...

But take with a grain of salt

You ain't kidding. I had a laugh over that myself, knowing a bit about the city's proud racist history.

But hey, no time like the present.

James Redekop said...

I'm no fan of Chick-Fil-A, but I really don't like the idea of cities being able to deny licenses to companies they don't like. What will happen to the gains made in benefits for gay employees when the companies which currently grant them discover they can no longer do business in, say, the South? Or Orange County? Watch those gains get rolled back before you can say "loss of revenue"...

laura k said...

Businesses are often turned away when they don't meet community standards. That's why there are so many Vermont towns without McDonald's, and why towns lead fights against Walmarts.

Another example is an urban neighbourhood trying to keep a strip club or late night club from going in.

It's a community's right to do this, I think. Sometimes we'll agree with them, sometimes we won't.

Also, Menino didn't deny Chick-fil-A a license. He admitted he has no unilateral right to do that. He just expressed his opinion, something mayors do all the time.