Mayor Thomas M. Menino will not back down from his stance against Chick-fil-A for its opposition to gay marriage, but he acknowledged Thursday that he cannot do anything to prevent the restaurant chain from setting up shop in Boston.
“Originally, I said I would do everything I can to stop them.’’ Menino said in an interview at City Hall. “And that was mostly using the bully pulpit of being mayor of the city and getting public support. But I didn’t say I would not allow them to go for permits or anything like that. I just said we would do everything we can, bully pulpit-wise.”