Mayor Bill de Blasio Won’t ‘Urge Any New Yorker’ to Eat at New Chick-fil-A Due to Marriage Beliefs

Chick Turnout 1NEW YORK — The Democratic mayor of New York City, who has publicly expressed his support for homosexual “marriage,” said in a press conference on Tuesday that he won’t be eating at a new Chick-fil-A restaurant to open in Queens and won’t encourage city residents to frequent the business either because he objects to the owner’s statements in support of biblical marriage.

“What the ownership of Chick-fil-A has said is wrong,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “I’m certainly not going to patronize them, and I wouldn’t urge any other New Yorker to patronize them. But they do have a legal right [to open a new location in the city].”

Shouting “love wins,” de Blasio officiated two same-sex ceremonies last year on the steps of City Hall following the U.S. Supreme Court opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges and also marched in the city’s pride parade. He has been outspoken about his support for homosexual and transgender causes throughout his tenure as mayor; however, some find his opposition to Chick-fil-A to be lopsided.

“We await de Blasio’s moral judgments on the Hasidic Jews whose support he courts—and whose cash his campaign happily pockets. Motivated as [Chick-fil-a] is by their faith, Orthodox Jewish organizations have also been opposed to, and outspoken about, same-sex marriage,” wrote the New York Daily News in response to de Blasio’s remarks. “Will de Blasio call for a boycott of more businesses, or is he morally chicken?”

The mayor’s remarks follow a call from Councilman Danny Dromm, the founder of the Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee and the organizer of the Queens pride festival, to boycott the location.

“Chick-fil-A is anti-LGBT,” Dromm said in a statement. “This group imparts a strong anti-LGBT message by forcing their employees and volunteers to adhere to a policy that prohibits same-sex love. It is outrageous that Chick-fil-A is quietly spreading its message of hate by funding these types of organizations.”

“I hope that the Queens Center mall will reconsider giving a company so deeply invovled in anti-gay discrimination a lease on their property,” he continued. “Believers in equality should boycott these purveyors of hate.”

  • Connect with Christian News

As previously reported, in 2012, owner Dan Cathy told Baptist Press that he is “very much supporting of the family—the biblical definition of the family unit.”

“We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives,” he said. “We give God thanks for that.”

According to the Washington Post, Cathy had also stated on a radio broadcast that he believed that the promotion of homosexual “marriage” was evoking the wrath of God upon America.

Following initial uproar about the matter, including assertions that the company donates to organizations that oppose same-sex “marriage,” Chick-fil-a issued a statement outlining that it had never sought to donate to groups that speak against homosexuality, and that “[g]oing forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”

In a document entitled “Who We Are,” the company also noted that “[t]here are many diverse viewpoints and opinions among those associated with Chick-fil-A,” and that “[i]f someone in Chick-fil-A offers a personal viewpoint, they do not presume to speak for everyone.”

The company also outlined its donor practices, noting that its charitable outreaches are focused in three areas: “Creating educational opportunities for our team members and youth across America,” “Food donations for those serving or those in need,” and “Developing youth and family/marriage enrichment programs and supporting our communities.”

“For many months now, Chick-fil-A’s corporate giving has been mischaracterized,” it stated, referring to the hostility it has received from pro-homosexual groups that have rejected the fast food restaurant by claiming that it gives donations to organizations that oppose same-sex “marriage.”

“Chick-fil-A’s giving heritage is focused on programs that educate youth, strengthen families and enrich marriages, and support communities. We will continue to focus our giving in those areas. … Our intent is not to support political or social agendas,” Chick-fil-A further clarified, noting that the company’s giving has always been focused on positive charities and outreaches, but not necessarily any particular social issue, such as homosexuality.

Dromm said this week that his specific opposition is to Chick-fil-A’s donations to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, but the company said that the donations are “specifically to provide free summer sports camps for hundreds of young students in urban environments throughout the nation.”

Chick-fil-A says that it looks forward to serving “existing and new customers great food with remarkable service.”

“We look forward to opening our first restaurant in Queens and serving all of our customers delicious food in an environment of genuine hospitality,” it stated.

Become a Christian News Network Supporter...

Dear Reader, has been of benefit and a blessing to you? For many years now, the Lord has seen fit to use this small news outlet as a strong influential resource in keeping Christians informed on current events from a Biblical worldview. Despite Facebook's recent algorithm changes, which has limited our readership, and, as a result, has affected operational revenue, we continue to strive to bring you the news without compromise and to keep Christ in focus. If you have benefited from our news coverage, would you please prayerfully consider becoming a Christian News supporter by clicking here to make a one-time or monthly donation to help keep the truth widely and freely published and distributed? May Christ continue to be exalted through this work!

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
  • Emmanuel

    I wonder if Trump will follow his boy or eat at Chic.

  • Gott Mit Uns!

    I applaud his courageous stand.

    • TheBottomline4This

      The Mayor’s or CFA’s owner?

    • Pererin

      Preaching his personal views in the public square. Hardly professional. I thought we were secular these days. He’ll be preaching in schools next!

      • Gott Mit Uns!

        When you’re correct, it’s okay to preach your personal views in the public square.

        • Pererin

          Ha, we’ll try that one the next time the atheist police come knocking, I doubt it will work.
          Double standards at it’s best!

        • TheBottomline4This

          You may think something someone is saying isn’t correct, but the person next to you listening may think what the person is saying is correct.
          Which one of you is right in that judgment?
          Who’s to judge the “correctness” of what a person is preaching???

      • Ambulance Chaser

        What did he say that wasn’t secular?

        • Pererin

          Do you think forcing your own beliefs on others is ok?
          Even to the point where you are trying to run someone out of business, simply because they have different beliefs to you?
          Even worse he’s doing in a public office. Definitely not secular.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            1. No, but no one is doing any of those things

            2. Are you unclear on the definition of “secular” or do you think there’s a religion somewhere that involves promoting gay rights?

          • Pererin

            If your going to be dishonest, I’ll not waste my time and say my goodbyes

          • Ambulance Chaser

            What did I say that was dishonest?

    • AndrewDowling

      Yeah yeah, we’ve heard it all before, whatever a lefty does is “courageous.” For a bunch of cowardly and effeminate types, apparently you have to keep telling each other you’re “brave” just for putting your socks on. Cowards telling each other you’re “brave” 24/7 indicates you have some serious masculinity issues. Men who act like women are never mentally healthy.

  • Nedd Kareiva

    The fast food chain will do just fine without New York’s Communist mayor’s worthless opinion.

  • bowie1

    Rather than speak negatively Chick-Fil-A speaks positively about marriage as God defines it in His Word.

  • Reason2012

    Jesus pointed out that marriage is between one man and one woman:

    Matthew 19:4-6 “And he [Jesus] answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, (5) And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? (6) Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”

    Jesus even points out that for the cause of making them male and female, this is why male will leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife.

    Mark 10:5-7 “And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. (6) But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. (7) For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;”

    Jesus said God made them male and female – not male and male – not female and female.

    Jesus said man shall leave father and mother, not father and father, not mother and mother.

    Jesus said man shall cleave to his wife, not to his husband, not to her wife.

    1 Corinthians 7:2 “Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.”

    Not to mention Jesus is God, so the entire Word of God is the Words of Christ. As Jesus is The Word.

    John 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) The same was in the beginning with God. (3) All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

    John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

    The Lord rebukes us for our attempts to destroy what He defined as one man and one woman.

    It doesn’t work anymore to call any who do not agree with the attempts of activists to legally re-define morals as having a phobia or being a bigot – people are realizing those are the only hateful actions here.

    We need to get back to the truth of God.

    May God / Jesus Christ be glorified.

    • Tangent002

      Not everyone believes in God, much less your particular version of him.

      How does same-sex marriage affect you?

      • Reason2012

        If you don’t believe in the Christian God, why are you here on a Christian website? You just answered your own question with your own behavior: seeking out Christian places and then attacking belief in God: the movement is nothing but an attack on belief in God and religious liberties and your own behavior is just more of the same.

        How does same-gender marriage affect you, they lied:

        Because of same-gender marriages, now people are being sued for not promoting the action of a homosexual wedding: bakers who would bake cakes for those who prefer homosexuality but who refuse to bake cakes for the ACT of a homosexual WEDDING are being sued and their businesses shut down.

        Because of same-gender marriages, photographers who would photograph a professing homosexual are being sued if they don’t also photograph the sinful ACT of a same-gender wedding.

        ANY business that would sometimes perform a service for weddings but would not perform it for the ACT of a same-gender wedding are being sued and put out of business for not promoting this sinful act.

        Homosexual activists now go into schools with kids of all ages, including kindergarten, exposing the kids to ideas, images and stories about homosexuality. When parents are told this indoctrination is going on and complain, they are told “shut up, it’s legal now” (read: same-gender marriage leads to the indoctrination of everyone else’s kids).

        Google homosexual kindergarten to see the growing list of documented cases in every state where homosexual marriage is legal.

        “The largest bank in the United States (JP Morgan Chase) now allegedly requires its employees to state whether or not they are supporters of the homosexual lifestyle.”

        It’s outright false that “your life is not being affected by this” – but of course they’ll say this to disarm people until it’s too late and your kids come home with all sorts of ideas and images planed in their heads about homosexuality, homosexuality has been legally enforced upon all of society, Christianity continues to be censored until it becomes criminalized and worse.

        America is waking up. Contact your representatives and let them hear from the other 97% of society on the issue.

        • TheBottomline4This

          Tangy is a Troll.

        • Ambulance Chaser

          None of those things are related to, or caused by, same-sex marriage being legal. And the one about JP Morgan Chase isn’t even true.

          • richard davis

            Oh yes it is true. where have you been. and yes it has all been caused by the homosexual agenda!!!!!

          • Ambulance Chaser

            I didn’t say that. I said it wasn’t caused by same sex marriage becoming legal.

    • Darrell Early

      Reason2012 do you have a contact email? I would like to contact you personally since you seem to be a strong Born again believer in Jesus Christ, Praise God, not many true believers left these days. My email is if you want to leave your contact info.

  • Elijahsrevenge

    “In the Holy name of Jesus, the Christ and Savior of the world, I pronounce blessings on those that support Chic-Fil-A and God’s judgement on those that appose them, due to their sanctity of pure marriage, male with female, according to the Word of God”……. AMEN!

  • TheBottomline4This

    What an intolerant, judgmental, bigoted, unloving attitude this silly Mayor has. ChickFilA is doing just fine without your judgmental money anyway Mayor 🙂

  • The Chic-Fila-A nearest me is at a major intersection, with a McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s nearby, and Chic has the longest lines, no contest, and we’re definitely not in the Bible Belt. To be honest, I’ve never eaten at one, but obviously they are pleasing a lot of customers, so what’s the beef, Mr. Pharisee Mayor? If you don’t like them, eat elsewhere.

    • TheBottomline4This

      The one closest to us has a gay guy that works there. I’m sure he has gotten flack from some in choosing to work there. I should ask him sometime. He’s a very pleasant young man.

      • Individuals are sometimes much nicer than the trolls who hang out on blogs.

        • TheBottomline4This

          I saw a video when the CFA story was going strong. It was a gay couple saying they didn’t agree with the hate going toward CFA over this marriage issue. The gay couple said they think each of us should feel comfortable having our own opinions and they didn’t think bad toward CFA. They still would eat there.

  • Pererin

    Shouldn’t de Blasio keep his personal opinions and his professional life separate
    Just as Christians are expected to? This man is preaching on tax payers time and money
    Hardly fair since it’s frowned upon in public schools and public land etc

    • TheBottomline4This

      Yes he should if he doesn’t want to be a hypocrite. He is just being an intolerant, judgmental, bigoted, unloving person.

  • Nidalap

    Thought police indeed…

  • acontraryview

    While the founder of Chik-Fil-A has strong beliefs regarding same-gender marriage, the corporation itself does not support any anti-gay efforts and each location is locally owned and managed. I see no reason to support a boycott against Chik-Fil-A.

    • TheBottomline4This

      You do realize most of the owners/managers don’t agree with ssm? Boycotting doesn’t really help…just as with Target it won’t help. People like CFA’s Chicken and Target’s products and will continue to buy from both. Neither store will feel the effect of a boycott. Both businesses are doing just fine, regardless of a boycott from the minority.

      • acontraryview

        “You do realize most of the owners/managers don’t agree with ssm?”

        No, I didn’t realize that. How did you find that out? Did they do a poll of the owners/managers and publish the results?

  • 201821208 :)

    “For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.” Rom. 1:26-27

  • Peter Leh

    ” you ask me to enter, then you make me crawl”….

  • Chrissy girl

    Chickfila has had success because they are TRUE believers. We as Christians need to heavily support business owners who aren’t cowards of the faith! Way to go chickfila for not allowing immoral people steer you away. Lying to homosexuals and telling them it’s not a sin is just the same as lying to a two year old and saying ” hey… The stove is hot… I know you’re curious so go ahead and touch it… It won’t burn you”!!! We ALL KNOW it will!