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With mayor’s boost, fight for gay rights will move forward

RE “Boston shouldn’t block chain because of president’s views”: The problem with your June 25 editorial is simple: You are on the wrong side of history.

The editorial states, “If the restaurant chain denied service to gay patrons or refused to hire gay employees, Menino’s outrage would be fitting.”

But is this really enough? Are we really going to embrace a business owner’s right to discriminate, as long as that discrimination isn’t on the books?

Menino’s outrage might be ahead of its time, but it certainly isn’t misplaced. The fight for gay rights will move forward whether the president of Chick-fil-A likes it or not.


If Dan Cathy had expressed comparable personal sentiments against, say, black members of the community, would it then be all right for Menino to block the business?

Martin Luther King Jr. might have said it best when he said “the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.” Menino is bending toward justice, and I for one am proud to have a mayor who stands up for what is right, and not what is palatable.

Sarah Peck