While officials in Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia have vowed to block Chick-fil-A franchises from their city limits, officials in Los Angeles have stayed mum on the issue -- probably because the franchise is already in LA, and bringing in good business.
But Cary Brazeman, who's running for LA City Controller in 2013, decided to dive into the controversy with a blog on his personal site on what he thinks about Chick-fil-A as "prospective Los Angeles City official" -- as well as someone who identifies as gay and Jewish.
Namely, he wouldn't. He agrees with New York mayor Michael Bloomberg (an outspoken fan of both gay marriage and fried chicken), who had this to say on his radio show Friday:
It’s inappropriate for a city government, or a state government, or the federal government to look at somebody’s political views and decide whether or not they can live in the city, or operate a business in the city, or work for somebody in the city.
As for whether or not one can lose their gay rights bonafides by eating at a Chick-fil-A franchise? Reasonable people can disagree, according to Brazeman.
His views are safe and middle of the road, which is what we've come to expect from someone seeking office. But Brazeman gets more interesting when he redirects the conversation to these questions:
3. Is Chick-fil-A an equal opportunity employer? Do they hire and treat respectfully openly gay people, non-Christians, and people of varying ethnicities?
4. Company management boasts that key executives all are married to their first wives. Does this mean the company doesn't hire divorced people?
5. What about promotions? Can you rise through the ranks at Chick-fil-A if you are any of the above?
6. What about ownership and franchise opportunities? Are some people not eligible based on personal or religious characteristics?
Brazeman writes that he visited both of LA's Chick-fil-A franchises (Hollywood and South LA) to get some answers, although he really didn't have to travel far to learn the company line on the issue; headquarters released an official statement vowing to treat every person with honor and respect, regardless of things like sexual orientation or gender.
Locally, Hollywood franchise owner Jeremiah Cillpam issued a more personal memo last week, in which he said he has never made a hiring decision on any of the 150 jobs his business provides based on sexual orientation or religious beliefs.
Still, Brazeman raises some good points. If the top Chick-fil-A executives are all married to their first wives, does that mean the company has a corporate structure in which only men rise to the top? For more answers on that, we'll be watching one lawsuit very closely.
Brenda Honeycutt, a former employee in Georgia, claims she was unfairly terminated from Chick-fil-A based on her gender. The suit alleges that Jeff Howard, the owner and operator of a Duluth, Ga. franchise, fired Honeycutt so she could be a "stay at home mother."
Pastor Worley: Gays And Lesbians Should Be Put In An Electrified Pen And Ultimately Killed Off
The pastor, identified on YouTube as Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, N.C., condemns President Obama's much-publicized endorsement of same-sex marriage while calling for gays and lesbians to be put in an electrified pen and ultimately killed off. "Build a great, big, large fence -- 150 or 100 mile long -- put all the lesbians in there," Worley suggests in the clip, reportedly filmed on May 13. "Do the same thing for the queers and the homosexuals and have that fence electrified so they can't get out...and you know what, in a few years, they'll die out...do you know why? They can't reproduce!"
Pastor Suggests Gays Should Be Prosecuted Like They Were Historically
Ron Baity, founding pastor of Winston-Salem's Berean Baptist Church and head of the anti-marriage equality organization Return America, referred to homosexuality as "a perverted lifestyle" in a Sunday sermon before telling his congregation that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people should be prosecuted, Good as You is reporting. "For 300 years, we had laws that would prosecute that lifestyle," he is quoted as saying. "We've gone down the wrong path. We've become so dumb that we have accepted a lie for the truth, and we've...discarded the truth on the shoals of shipwreck!"
Pastor Sean Harris: Parents Should 'Punch' Their Effeminate Children
"So your little son starts to act a little girlish when he is four years old and instead of squashing that like a cockroach and saying, 'Man up, son, get that dress off you and get outside and dig a ditch, because that is what boys do,' you get out the camera and you start taking pictures of Johnny acting like a female and then you upload it to YouTube and everybody laughs about it and the next thing you know, this dude, this kid is acting out childhood fantasies that should have been squashed."
Pastor Slams Gay Marriage, Suggests Unions Between 'Person And A Beast' Could Be Next
Tim Rabon, pastor at Raleigh's Beacon Baptist Church, condemned states such as Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maryland which have already "re-defined" marriage to include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) couples. As heard in this recording, Rabon asked his congregation, "What is stopping them from refining marriage from a person and a beast? We're not far from that."
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