From Alden Leonard.Â Contact him atÂ alden[AT]borderstan.comÂ and follow himÂ @aldenleonardÂ on Twitter.
Back to food trucks (did we ever really leave?). Amidst a national controversy over Chick-fil-Aâ€™s public opposition to same-sex marriage, last week neighborhood-based Human Rights Campaign (HRC) staged a protest at the fast food restaurantâ€™s food truck downtown.
Protesters held signs that informed diners their lunch money would be going to the Wingate Foundtion, the charitable wing of Chick-fil-A. (SeeÂ Playing Chicken with Politics and Food.)
You canâ€™t say they werenâ€™t warned. A few months back, there was something of a kerfuffle surrounding the debut of a Chick-fil-A food truck in the District because of their connections to ultra-conservative charities. And DC, particularly Borderstan, is a pretty liberal place.Â (SeeÂ Playing Chicken with Politics and Food.)
Outrage to the chainâ€™s stance on gay marriage goes far beyond DC, with mayors in Boston and Chicago publicly saying they don’t welcomeÂ Chick-fil-A in their cities (even though they cannot legally stop them from expanding there). Late Friday afternoon, even Mayor Gray got in on the action, tweeting that he â€śwould not support #hatechicken.”