D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray said Friday he would not support an expansion of Chick-fil-A in the District, referring to it as “hate chicken.”
Gray issued his statement on Twitter after mayors in Boston, Chicago and San Francisco also stated that the company was not welcome due to president Dan Cathy’s outspoken opposition to same-sex marriage.
“Given my long standing strong support for LGBT rights and marriage equality, I would not support #hatechicken,” Gray wrote.
Earlier Friday, Gray declined to take a stand on the company, saying he needed more time to review its position on gay rights. But administration officials noted Gray has been a strong supporter of gay rights.
In 2010, when he was council chairman, Gray helped legalize same-sex marriage. Last month, as mayor, Gray signed into law what he called one of the nation’s toughest anti bullying laws.
Gray waded into the Chick-fil-A debate even though the company does not have a big presence in the city and has no known plans for an expansion.
Never mind that Chick-fil-A does not discriminate against gay employees or customers. I guess Mayor Gray is simply looking for a good distraction for support, after some serious corruption allegations have been leveled against him (BizJournals).
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray on Wednesday said he has no plans to resign in the wake of the most clear evidence to date that his 2010 campaign was corrupted by a shadow organization and hundreds of thousands of dollars of unreported contributions.
“This was not the campaign we intended to run,” Gray said during his weekly press briefing, held in an alley in far Northeast D.C. “I have said to many, many people I got into this for the right reasons.
...Gray’s briefing comes less than 24 hours after Jeanne Clarke Harris, 75, a Gray campaign contributor, admitted in U.S. District Court that she helped disburse and conceal some $650,000 in unreported campaign funds — collected from D.C. business magnate Jeffrey Thompson — as part of a shadow Gray campaign. Harris pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations, for which she faces up to 37 months in prison.
But just like Rahmbo "Dead Fish" Emanuel and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino,Gray is willing to promote tolerance when it comes to an idedology that not only hates gays, but attacked America nearly 11 years ago.
Washington will commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with a three-day citywide observance, Mayor Vincent Gray announced.
....A special committee has been selected to review preparations for the memorial events, which will run Sept. 9 to 11. The committee members "all have a connection, either themselves or through others close to them, to the tragic day," Gray said.
Each day of remembrance corresponds to an aspect of the theme, "One City ... One World: Peace, Tolerance, Service and Remembrance."
Local schools will observe the first day, designated as a Day of Tolerance, with a peace-promoting curriculum. A 2001 resolution by the D.C. Board of Education requires public schools in the city observe the day with anti-racism lessons.
Washington kids are invited on the second day, called the Day of Peace, to toss rose petals at Hains Point and discuss the value of peace.
DC Area Muslims also endorsed Gray for mayor.
So, more proof that liberal tolerance means intolerance and bullying towards Christians and conservatives, as well as ignoring the First Amendment protections of religion and free speech.