The Chicago Tribune wrote an editorial on Sunday, August 5, addressing the on-going controversy involving the Chick-fil-A food chain, and their CEO, Dan Cathy’s recent remarks regarding the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. The ACLU of Illinois has spoken out against the suggestion by some Chicago city officials -- most specifically Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno -- that they would use their power to block expansion of Chick-fil-A in Chicago because of the CEO's statements.
Boston Mayor Tom Menino, who had threatened to keep Chick-fil-A out of his city, soon reversed course, saying Cathy had a right to express his opinion. Salon columnist Glenn Greenwald wrote that "the solution to noxious ideas like the ones from this chicken CEO are to rebut them, not use state power to suppress them." The ACLU of Illinois said Moreno's action was "wrong and dangerous."