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Chicago Blocks a Chick-Fil-A Branch Opening

BY RELEVANT CURRENT / NATION July 25, 2012

Chicago alderman Joe Moreno has moved to block Chick-Fil-A from opening its second branch in his district this week, citing company president Dan Cathy’s recent statements about his opposition to gay marriage. “Because of this man’s ignorance, I will now be denying Chick-fil-A’s permit to open a restaurant in the 1st Ward,” said Moreno, using what Chicago calls an “aldermanic privilege” which has been rarely, if ever, contested. Moreno has used it before, to keep a Wal-Mart from opening up in his district, citing his concerns about its effect on local economy. Chicago is the second city to move against Chick-Fil-A following Cathy’s statements, joining Boston mayor Thomas Menino who said that he would make it “very difficult” to open up a branch in his city …

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