The latest wrinkle in Chick-fil-A's anti-gay marriage saga is taking place in Chicago, where an alderman has announced he will block the chain's efforts to build its second restaurant in the city because of the company's anti-gay stance. "You have the right to say what you want to say, but zoning is not a right," Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno said according to The Chicago Tribune's Hal Dardick. Dardick adds that Moreno, who has already blocked plans for a Wal-Mart in the past, is "relying on a rarely violated Chicago tradition known as aldermanic privilege, which dictates that City Council members defer to the opinion of the ward alderman on local issues." For now, it looks like Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood will be Chick-fil-A free. "In opposing Chick-fil-A, Moreno stakes out a position likely to resonate in his hipster ward and much of the rest of the city, where public officials have long cultivated the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community," Dardick adds, though we're not sure how "hipster neighborhood" is synonymous with gay rights, but if equality is hip, then we'll take it. As NBC Chicago notes, Moreno's got Mayor Rahm Emanuel's backing as the mayor was quoted as saying, "Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values."
Just to keep tally: Boston, Chicago, and The Muppets have cut ties with Chick-fil-A since CEO Dan Cathy's "guilty as charged" admission that his company had an anti-gay marriage stance surfaced last week.
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