Like us, Philadelphia City Councilman Jim Kenney is ticked at Chick-Fil-A and its double-dealing on gay rights. But he also thinks the company needs to super-size what it’s putting forth as as proof it stands against discrimination.
In a letter to Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy, Kenney (right) wrote:
“If Chick-Fil-A genuinely intends to ‘treat every person with honor, dignity and respect,’ it should start with equal and fair treatment of its own employees. If it truly means what it says, your company should have no problem altering its employee health and retirement benefits program to include the committed partners and same-sex spouses of its own LGBT employees…
If your wife were to sadly fall ill, Mr. Cathy, would you feel honored, treated with dignity or respected by an employer that prohibited you from sharing duly-earned medical insurance with her because your company’s leadership disagreed with how you personally define family or commitment?”
Kenney—who first blasted Cathy earlier this summer—goes on to commend the company for its non-hateful charitable efforts, and remind Cathy that most Fortune 500 companies provide medical benefits for same-sex partners. Our favorite part, though, is when he puts the shoe on the other foot:
As a result of intense media focus and public criticism, you may now feel you have been unfairly singled out and vilified for who you are and what you believe. Congratulations, you now have something in common with our fellow LGBT coworkers, neighbors, parishioners, friends and family members. I encourage you and your company to reflect on that.”
Mmm, that tasted delicious.