The mayor of Boston is vowing to block Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant in the city after the company's president spoke out publicly against gay marriage.
Mayor Thomas Menino told the Boston Herald that he doesn't want a business in the city "that discriminates against a population."
Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy crowed to the Baptist Press this week that his privately owned company is "guilty as charged" in support of what he called the biblical definition of the family.
The fast-food chicken sandwich chain later said that it strives to "treat every person with honor, dignity and respect –regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender."
Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A has more than 1,600 stores nationwide but just two in Massachusetts, both located in suburban malls.
Gay rights advocates have long challenged the company, which has a history of donating to right-wing anti-gay groups, including Exodus International and the Family Research Council. The company also has a relationship with the ultra-conservative American Family Association.