The effort of Chicago Ald. Joe Moreno (1st) to block a Chick-fil-A from entering his Northwest Side ward because the restaurant president is against gay marriage seemed to have the support Wednesday of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. However, Emanuel may be backing off from the fight, and at the very least has clarified his position.
An Emanuel spokesman told the Sun-Times Thursday that, "The mayor simply said that Chic-fil-A's CEO does not share Chicago's values."
"He did not say he would block or play any role in the company operating a new restaurant here," the spokesman said.
On Wednesday, Emanuel said that, "Chick-fil-A's values are not Chicago values", adding "If you're gonna be part of the Chicago community you should reflect Chicago values."
Council members are usually given the privilege of turning away a business they don't want in their ward. However, Moreno's explicitly stated reason for opposing Chick-fil-A could lead to a lawsuit.