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Chick-fil-A backlash goes too far

3:45 PM EDT, July 30, 2012

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The declarations by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel that they don't want Chick-fil-A franchises in their cities because the owner of Chick-fil-A is a devout Christian and opposes same-sex marriage are ridiculous ("Banned in Boston? If mayor has his way," July 27).

Are they willing to kick out every business whose owner doesn't support gay marriage? And why stop at businesses? Why not ask all those who oppose gay marriage to stay away from those cities? If you're going to take a stand, then you should be consistent. It is none of our politicians' business, as long as that business isn't discriminating against anyone and the mayors have offered no evidence that Chick-fil-A has discriminated.

I support gay marriage, but this kind of bullying illustrates how overbearing our politicians have become and how much power they believe they can wield. Apparently, now they believe they have the right to dictate personal opinion, not just enforce laws.

Fred Pasek, Frederick