Because of the complicated nature of Chicago and Illinois politics, the formal complaint is not likely to get much traction in the largely Democratic state. Chris Cleveland stated that the Chicago Republican Party is looking at avenues for federal court if this fails.
Alderman Moreno is not backing down. In an email statement, his Director Legislative Affairs and Communications, Matthew Bailey, said the Alderman is moving forward.
“We will not back down in fighting for equal rights.”
His office was backed up by the Civil Rights Agenda, the leading advocacy group for Lesbians, Gays, Transexuals and Bisexuals in Illinois. In a statement, their office said that Cathy’s statement wasn’t merely an exercise of free speech but rather a form a discrimination against the LGBT community.
“The Illinois Human Rights Act makes it illegal for restaurants and other public accomodations, such as Chick Fil A, to treat minorities as ‘unwelcome, objectionable or unacceptable.’ Chick Fil A is perpetuating the message that gay and lesbian families are inferior to heterosexual families.”
Chick-fil-A has pushed back hard against this idea since the controversy broke nationally. The corporation has maintained that it doesn’t discriminate against anyone, and everyone is welcome to eat and work in their restaurants.
The announcement came on the day that supporters all over the country lined up at Chick-fil-A’s in a show of solidarity.
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