City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a leading mayoral contender in 2013, is often on the same business-friendly page as Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but when it comes to the now-controversial remarks against gay marriage made by the head of a fast food chain based in Georgia, they’re on decidedly different sides of the issue.
During a radio interview yesterday morning, Mr. Bloomberg said that the views expressed by the owner of a business should not impact government policies, and declared the idea of blocking Chick-fil-A establishments in the city, “a bad idea and it’s not going to happen.”
This morning, however, Ms. Quinn’s office sent out a press release announcing a petition calling on the president of Chick-fil-A, Dan Cathy, to apologize for his “repugnant and un-American” comments and discriminatory views.
But what’s more, Ms. Quinn is requesting the removal of the one Chick-fil-A restaurant in all of New York City.
“I urge you to sever your relationship with the Chick‐fil‐A establishment that exists on your campus,” she wrote in a letter to the president of New York University. “This establishment should be replaced with an establishment where the ownership does not denigrate a portion of our population.”
View the letter below: