By Lucas Grindley
Originally published on Advocate.com July 26 2012 6:55 PM ET
Not everyone in Boston agrees with Mayor Thomas Menino's insistence that Chick-fil-A doesn't match his city's values. Bruins goal tender Tim Thomas said on Facebook today, "I stand with Chick-fil-A."
Thomas argues that "Chick-fil-A is privately owned" and tells his followers that company president Dan Cathy made comments that "some have alleged are anti-gay."
Then Thomas posted Cathy's comments to make clear exactly what he was agreeing with.
“Guilty as charged,” Cathy told the Baptist Press. “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”
Thomas even shared Cathy's comments from an interview on the Ken Coleman Show, when the president said, "I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage. I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we would have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is all about.”
Menino wrote a letter to Chick-fil-A asking it to back out of plans to move to the city.
"You called supporters of gay marriage 'prideful,'" Menino wrote. "Here in Boston, to borrow your own words, we are 'guilty as charged.' We are indeed full of pride for our support of same-sex marriage and our work to expand freedom to all people."
Menino said he was angry to learn the company, which has donated millions to antigay groups, had plans to expand into Boston. "There is no place for discrimination on Boston's Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it," he wrote. "When Massachusetts became the first state in the country to recognize equal marriage rights, I personally stood on City Hall Plaza to greet same-sex couples coming here to be married. It would be an insult to them and to our city's long history of expanding freedom to have a Chick-fil-A across the street from that spot."