Chicago Alderman And Art Smith Take Stand Against Chick-fil-A
Another day, another Chick-fil-A news story: this time, Chicago is taking a stand against the chain’s recent anti-gay statements. Like Boston, the city hopes to prevent the chain from opening up a location in its Logan Square neighborhood, and a certain Chicago chef has decided to replace the restaurant’s “poison” with kindness.
Chicago’s decision is spearheaded by city Alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno who plans to deny the company’s building permit. Despite Chick-fil-A’s assurance that they do not discriminate against any of their customers, Moreno cited their “ignorance” and “bigoted, homophobic comments” as the primary reason to deny them a permit. Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel has stood behind Moreno’s decision saying “Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values”. The city also mentioned traffic concerns as another reason why the restaurant wouldn’t be a good fit for the area.
But if Chick-fil-A isn’t being built, where will Chicagoans go for fried chicken? On July 29th, at least, they can go to Art Smith’s house, where he and his husband, Jesus Salgueiro will be holding a fundraiser for Equality Illinois. The event, called Flik The Hate, was announced by the chef this morning via Twitter. If you’re in the area and are interested in some “kind chicken”, you can contact the organization to RSVP — and if Smith is wearing Chick-fil-A couture, then you’re obligated to provide us with pictures!