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|Gay Atlanta City Councilmember opposes Chick-fil-A further expansion within city limits|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|July 27, 2012 10:07|
Alex Wan, the sole gay Atlanta City Council member, said today he is disappointed with Chick-fil-A's corporate leadership stating it opposes gay marriage and would oppose the restaurant chain's efforts to expand in the city limits.
"Of course, as a proud member of the LGBT community, I am incredibly disappointed in Dan Cathy's [president of Chick-fil-A] position opposing marriage equality. And regardless of the fact that Chick-fil-A is based in Atlanta, that position is, to me, completely incompatible with the values of the City of Atlanta, 'the city too busy to hate,' and the key role we played in the civil rights movement," Wan said.
"As the city council's only openly gay member, I support boycotting patronizing the chain and would oppose their efforts to expand further within the city limits," Wan added.
"If Mr. Cathy and his company view me, my partner and my community as second class citizens, then obviously it would follow that our money and patronage wouldn't be good enough for them either," said Wan.
Chick-fil-A has been caught up in a whirlwind of bad publicity following Dan Cathy's statement "guilty as charged" to his company's position it opposes same-sex marriage.
LGBT groups and individuals are calling for boycotts of the fast-food chain based in Atlanta and are planning a "same-sex kiss day" at Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country on Aug. 3.
The kiss-in follows the Aug. 1 Chick-fil-A "buy-cott" headed up by right-wing talk show host and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.
The publicity following Cathy's statement to a Christian news website has spilled over into politics as well.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino as well as Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno have publicly promised to block the chain’s efforts to build more stores in their cities.Philadelphia City Councilmember Jim Kenney also chimed in with his distaste for Chick-fil-A's discriminatory stance, saying in a letter to Dan Cathy, "So please — take a hike and take your intolerance with you. There is no place for this type of hate in our great City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection."
Jim Henson’s company last week discontinued a Muppets toy deal it recently launched with Chick-fil-A because of the company's stance on same-sex marriage. The fast-food chain, however, is stating that the Muppets toys were found to be defective and therefore were being dropped.
GA Voice is also seeking a comment from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.
UPDATE: Reese McCranie, spokesperson for Mayor Reed, said the mayor had no comment at this time.
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