Chicago alderman blocks Chick-fil-A expansion

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Associated Press

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 25 at 8:00 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago alderman says he won't allow Chick-fil-A to open a restaurant in his ward until it comes up with a written anti-discrimination policy.

Before Wednesday's City Council meeting, Alderman Joe Moreno said he's tried to work with the company for months but Chick-fil-A won't put its stated anti-discrimination policy into writing.

The issue came to a head last week after Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy said he doesn't support same-sex marriage. Chick-fil-A says it has a history of applying biblically-based principles to its business, such as closing stores on Sundays.

The chain has one Chicago restaurant, but wants to put another in the city's Logan Square neighborhood. That's the area Moreno represents, and he says the restaurant can't move forward until he introduces an ordinance to divide the land involved.

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