Jon Stewart Dings Dems Over Chick-fil-A

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[1] 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[2] 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[3].

– Benjamin Nanamaker, InvestorPlace Money & Politics Editor

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Endnotes:
  1. vowed to block Chick-fil-A from opening: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0812/79350.html?hp=r1
  2. set sales records: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0812/79323.html
  3. expressed opposition to gay marriage: http://investorplace.com/2012/07/chick-fil-a-under-fire-for-gay-marriage-stance/

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