New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn wants Chick-fil-A out of her city. Quinn, who is lesbian, has expressed her disapproval of the chain after CEO Dan Cathy espoused his religious beliefs on the traditional form of marriage between man and woman.
“I don’t want businesses that hold discriminatory views and feelings, but I don’t have any legal recourse or reason to block this company, Quinn said, according to the New York Daily News.
Cathy’s views on same-sex marriage sparked outrage from the gay community.
“I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’” he said in an interview.
Quinn launched an online petition Saturday that declares Chick-fil-A not welcome in NYC. She hopes to close the doors of the city’s only Chick-fil-A restaurant based on New York Universiy’s campus.
Quinn wrote a letter to NYU President John Sexton saying, “Let me be clear- I do not want establishments in my city that hold such discriminatory views.”
NYU John Beckman hinted at the possibility of removing the restaurant from its campus, saying Cathy’s views “are out of step with NYU’s views on this matter, the Daily News reports.
“The University Administration will ask the University Senate to take up he issue of Chick-fil-A’s status on campus again when it reconvenes this fall to make a recommendation on how to proceed, Beckman said, according to Fox.