by InvestorPlace Staff | August 6, 2012 9:15 am
The Chick-fil-A controversy became perfect fodder for Jon Stewart and The Daily Show Thursday when Democratic mayors Rahm Emanuel of Chicago and Tom Menino of Boston vowed to block Chick-fil-A from opening in their cities.
As it turns out, most political experts — and Stewart — pointed out this would likely be unconstitutional. As The Daily Show’s host said:
“Pretty sure you can’t outlaw a company with perfectly legal business practices because you find their CEO’s views repellent. Not sure which amendment covers that, but it’s probably in the top one.”
Stewart’s statements came a day after Chick-fil-A set sales records during an appreciation day set up by customers who support the company. The whole controversy started when the chicken sandwich chain’s president expressed opposition to gay marriage.
— Benjamin Nanamaker, InvestorPlace Money & Politics Editor
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