Last week, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn wrote a letter to the President of NYU urging him to replace the on-campus Chick-Fil-A "with an establishment where the ownership does not denigrate a portion of our population.” This is of course a reaction to the recent remarks against gay marriage by the restaurant's president, Dan Cathy.
But now, Quinn has scaled back her crusade against the fast food chain. At a meeting yesterday, she remarked:
I support businesses that are open and inclusive, that reflect the viewpoint of New York City, the most diverse city in the world. That said, businesses that follow our laws have a right to open here...I don’t want businesses that hold discriminatory views and feelings, but I don’t have any legal recourse or reason to block this company...I’m raising my voice, which can be loud at times, but I’m never going to misuse this office in any way at all.
It seems that Quinn now agrees with Michael Bloomberg, who says that he would never ban the fast food chain in NYC, because, "You really don’t want to ask political beliefs or religious beliefs before you issue a permit."
· Quinn ‘Chick’ Chuck Put on Back Burner [NYP]
· Quinn Breaks With Bloomberg Over Chick-fil-A [Politicker]
· All Coverage of Chick-Fil-A [~ENY~]