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I don't know that much about Boston and have never been there personally (despite having both church and friend connections there), but this made my day. :)


Care to fill those of us without sight in on it?
Sorry, that was thoughtless of me. :( This was a letter from the mayor of Boston to the president of Chick-Fil-A in response to the company seeking to open store locations in the city, after its statements of opposition to gay marriage:

Mr. Dee Cathy, President
5200 Buffington Road
Atlanta, GA 30349

To Mr. Cathy:
In recent days you said Chick fil-A opposes same-sex marriage and said the generation that supports it as an “arrogant attitude.”

Now — incredibly — your company says you are backing out of the same-sex marriage debate. I urge you to back out of your plans to locate in Boston.

You called supporters of gay marriage “prideful.” Here in Boston, to borrow your own words, we are “guilty as charged.” We are indeed full of pride for our support of same sex marriage and our work to expand freedom to all people. We are proud that our state and our city have led the way for the country on equal marriage rights.

I was angry to learn on the heels of your prejudiced statements about your search for a site to locate in Boston. There is no place for discrimination on Boston’s Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it. When Massachusetts became the first state in the country to recognize equal marriage rights, I personally stood on City Hall Plaza to greet same sex couples here to be married. It would be an insult to them and to our city’s long history of expanding freedom to have a Chick fil-A across the street from that spot.

Thomas M. Menino
Mayor, City of Boston

I've gotten so used to cities bending over backwards to accommodate companies in the name of promoting business, regardless of those businesses' policies and practices or the (often offensive) political advocacy of their senior management, that to read this was a welcome and refreshing surprise .. one politician who wasn't afraid to speak out in favor of the people who elected him and demonstrate by his actions the integrity of his office and tell a company run by homophobic bigots that it's a bad fit for the culture and traditions of his city. :)
That is awesome!
Wow is right. I'd heard that some of the cities up north had done something like this, but to see the evidence... I appreciate it.

It sounds like heaven to live in such a place. Here, the churches are wildly in support of CFA, and I believe that some of the towns have expressed support as well. It's really funny to me to see such a difference between two areas... like one is the inversion of the other.

The dominionist church that I photographed the sign... the one with the concealed weapons permit class being advertised... had signs strongly supporting CFA and calling for people to eat there to try to counteract the boycott. When I drove by the one near our campus, there were around 20 cars lined up at the drive-through window, and they had the main drag halfway blocked. (When I came home, it was probably around 15 cars and still halfway blocked.)

I've been warning people about CFA and Hobby Lobby for years now, and some of them rather dismissed what I said. This should wake them up to the danger this country is in.