" BOSTON (CBS) – It appears Mayor Tom Menino has really started something.
His letter to the president of the restaurant chain Chick-fil-A opposing it opening a store in the city has helped fuel a national controversy.
Menino says Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy’s stand against same-sex marriage represents prejudice and that having a branch across from City Hall would be an insult.
“It sends a strong message that the habit of supporting hateful organizations that demonize LGBT Americans are out of step with not just Bostonians but a majority of fair-minded Americans,” Menino told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Thursday.
The mayor’s letter, posted on the city’s Facebook page, has received more than 124,000 likes.
In it he said,”There is no place for discrimination on Boston’s Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it.”
So what about other companies doing business in Boston?
“Are there other companies? There might be, but their president, their ownership doesn’t speak out as loudly as this individual (Dan Cathy) has. We can make all kinds of excuses, but it’s no excuse when you discriminate against other folks,” Menino said.
WBZ-TV’s Jon Keller is at Large
There has been no comment from Cathy yet on Menino’s letter "
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