It's no secret that Chick-fil-A is basically invading New York City. 

Ever since the southern fried chicken chain reached the five boroughs, New Yorkers have either embraced them as a provider of delicious, cheap chicken sandwiches, or they've outwardly condemned them for their COO's negative stance on LGBT rights. 

Now Mayor de Blasio has entered the mix, months after the chain opened their first location in Manhattan, stating that New Yorkers should avoid Chick-fil-A. 

At a press conference, Mayor de Blasio stated that the chain has every legal right to open stores, but that New Yorkers should avoid them, according to DNAinfo.

He stated, "What the ownership of Chick-fil-A has said is wrong." 

He continues, "I'm certainly not going to patronize them and I wouldn't urge any other New Yorkers to patronize them. But they do have a legal right." 

Mayor de Blasio is referring to the fact that Chick-fil-A's COO and President, Dan Cathy, was particularly outspoken about anti-LGBT rights in 2012. 

Since then, the company has attempted to restore its reputation as an inclusive fast food restaurant. 


One spokeswoman stated that the "Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect - regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation, or gender." 


Eater points out that when the company opened its first location in New York, they pointedly stated that it did "not have an opinion as an organization," in regards to same-sex marriage, regardless of their president's opinions. 

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[via DNAinfo] [Feature Image Courtesy Instagram]