Chick-fil-A: “No #hatechicken,” in DC says Gray, HRC

by Borderstan.com July 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm 1 Comment

From Alden Leonard. Contact him at alden[AT]borderstan.com and follow him @aldenleonard on Twitter.

Back to food trucks (did we ever really leave?). Amidst a national controversy over Chick-fil-A’s public opposition to same-sex marriage, last week neighborhood-based Human Rights Campaign (HRC) staged a protest at the fast food restaurant’s food truck downtown.


How do you feel about eating at Chick-fil-A? (Courtesy of Carly & Art’s Photostream on Flickr)

Protesters held signs that informed diners their lunch money would be going to the Wingate Foundtion, the charitable wing of Chick-fil-A. (See Playing Chicken with Politics and Food.)

You can’t say they weren’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. (See Playing Chicken with Politics and Food.)

Outrage to the chain’s stance on gay marriage goes far beyond DC, with mayors in Boston and Chicago publicly saying they don’t welcome 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 “would not support #hatechicken.”

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  • I’ve never really liked Chick Fil A, taste-wise, though many do, and I sometimes have to put up with it, or the marginally better Cosi, at inexpensively catered lunch lectures and political meetings.

    But by threatening to forbid people business licenses and permits based on their political and religious beliefs (or more precisely, the beliefs of someone they are simply buying a franchise from), Mayor Gray has guaranteed that DC taxpayers will be paying out in court cases for his violation of people’s First Amendment rights to free speech. Indeed, anyone denied a license will now be able to make a claim that it was because the DC government wanted to punish them for their religious and political beliefs.

    Doesn’t the man have enough problems?


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