Chicago Tribune Comes to Chick-fil-A's Defense


The editors write:

"...Moreno has called Cathy's comments "bigoted." Emanuel asserted, "Chick-fil-A's values are not Chicago values."

Mayor, many of your constituents do not support same-sex marriage. They have a heartfelt view on this. They are not bigots. But you are telling them they don't belong in their city.

...Emanuel and Moreno talk as though the issue of same-sex marriage is settled. To oppose same-sex marriage is "bigotry," Moreno has said. But that's still the law of this state. This page has urged the Illinois Legislature to recognize same-sex marriage, but the Legislature has not done that.

One more time: The 1st Amendment to the Constitution says the government may not take action "abridging the freedom of speech." The alderman is using his power as an elected official to punish a company for the political views of its top executive, and the mayor has abetted him.