After the backlash from Dan Cathy’s admission that Chick-fil-A was “guilty as charged” when it came to opposing marriage equality. Even Ed Helms told the chicken chain to cluck itself. Ed Helms!
Then, on the Thursday afternoon, the company issued a statement on its Facebook page explaining that, “‘going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”
Does that mean it will stop donating money to Focus on the Family—or that Cathy will keep his mouth shut about it?
More importantly, isn’t it interesting Cathy backed down right around the time Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino promised he’d keep Chick-fil-A out of Beantown?
“Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston,” Menino said Wednesday. “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 said, despite Cathy’s promise to back down, he’ll make life hard for the company, which has been looking at locations near Faneuil Hall and City Hall. “If they need licenses in the city, it will be very difficult — unless they open up their policies,” he threatened.
We want to believe Menino is just being a standup guy, but we’ve got a sneaking suspicion he’s getting his palms greased—by Boston Market.