New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he will not be supporting Chick-fil-A, and urged other NYC residents to do the same.
Charisma News reports that de Blasio said he will be boycotting the Christian fast food chain because of their “anti-LGBT” stance. Although de Blasio acknowledged that Chick-fil-A has a legal right to hold the views they do, he encouraged others to join him in his boycott.
"I'm certainly not going to patronize them and I wouldn't urge any other New Yorker to patronize them. But they do have a legal right," he said, according to FoxNews.com.
"This group imparts a strong anti-LGBT message by forcing their employees and volunteers to adhere to a policy that prohibits same-sex love. ... It is outrageous that Chick-fil-A is quietly spreading its message of hate by funding these types of organizations," de Blasio continued.
Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy acknowledged that he is “Guilty as charged” because he does hold traditional views toward marriage and opposes gay marriage.
Nevertheless, he says he has learned from his “mistakes” of giving corporate funds to so-called “anti-gay” organizations such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
"Every leader goes through different phases of maturity, growth and development and it helps by (recognizing) the mistakes that you make," Cathy said, according to the Atlantic Journal-Constitution. "And you learn from those mistakes. If not, you're just a fool. I'm thankful that I lived through it and I learned a lot from it."
Publication date: May 6, 2016
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.