Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Proco Moreno Get On The “Chic-fil-A Not In My City” Bandwagon

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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  1. Rebecca Juro says:

    Actually, as much as I wish it were otherwise, you’re wrong. Anti-discrimination laws cover employment practices and business operations, not charitable donations. The company can give money to whoever it wants. What it can’t do is hire, fire, or treat their employees or customers in a discriminatory manner when there’s a law prohibiting it in place in a given jurisdiction.

    As an example, New Jersey has one of the strongest LGBT anti-discrimination laws in country, and also several Chick-fil-a’s throughout the state. As long as they don’t violate the law in the operation of their restaurants, they are free to donate to whoever they choose, pro-LGBT or not.

    • Will Kohler says:

      I defer to yuo and your legal knowledge but I think it would make an interesting court case given the proof that Chick-fil donates heavily to anti-gay hate groups that are listed alongside the KKK and Stormfront by the SLPC.

      As for New Jersey. has anyone ever tried?

      • Rebecca Juro says:

        Not as far as I know, but I doubt it would get very even if someone did try. I’m not a lawyer, but I have worked in the retail industry in New Jersey for many years as both a ground-level crew member and a manager, and I’ve been doing so as an out trans woman for the last 15 years. I have to know these laws backwards and forwards, both in terms of doing my job within the bounds of the law and protecting myself. The reality is that many of these laws have religious exemptions that allow an employer with honestly-held (read: provable) religious beliefs to discriminate against certain groups if the business can be shown to be religiously-oriented.

        • Rebecca Juro says:

          The example of a Christian bookstore is often used by politicians opposed to these laws to justify their opposition (as in the case of ENDA at the federal level) and elevate freedom of religion (read: freedom to discriminate against those a certain religious sect finds objectionable) above the right of all Americans to be able to live and work free of discrimination. No, it’s really isn’t fair, but unfortunately it’s often only by including these kinds of exemptions that such a bill even has a chance of actually becoming law in the first place in most states.

          New Jersey’s law has no such exemptions, but the law only covers actual business operations and hiring practices, not charitable donations or other non-business-related efforts.

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