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Friday, July 27, 2012

N.Y. Mayor Bloomberg on Chick-fil-A ban: 'Not government's job'

http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-bloomberg-chick-fil-a-20120727,0,568001.story

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has an opinion on the controversy over Chick-fil-A’s stance on gay marriage. But it's not the same one spouted by the mayors of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco.

The others have strongly suggested or outright demanded that the restaurant chain — whose president, Dan Cathy, recently went on the record supporting “the biblical definition of the family unit” — stay away from their cities.

According to Bloomberg in a radio address, such a ban based on political or religious beliefs is “inappropriate” and “just not government’s job.”

A few caveats: Bloomberg thinks the trio of Chick-fil-A-bashing mayors are “good mayors”; he just disagrees “really strongly” on this particular issue. Bloomberg has never had a chicken sandwich from the chain. Bloomberg says “nobody’s a bigger supporter of same-sex marriage” than himself.

“I just don’t think it's the government’s business, period,” he said. “This is just a bad idea and it’s not going to happen in New York City.”

If the chain wants to open up more restaurants in the city, it’ll have to jump through the same permitting hoops as any other company, Bloomberg said.

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