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So what other large entity that opposes same-sex marriage could the mayor take on?

Once you start, where do you stop? How about an organization that already has outlets all over town?

David Bernstein, meanwhile, wishes a pox on everybody and everything on every side of the Great Menino Gay Chicken Wars.

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...has been closing "branches", rather than seeking to expand in Boston.

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He can go after Church's next, the Mayor is a thug!

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I have no doubt The Cardinal is a learned man. That's why it is so confusing that he is confusing a religious rite with a civil right.

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Those owners oppose gay marriage, too, and even founded an ultra-catholic city in Florida. Why are they allowed to operate? Why isn't the mayor sending threatening letters to their landlords?

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Because they're not discriminatory in their hiring and promoting, nor do they only try to recruit ultra-catholic, married people for employment.

Domino's Pizza, in contrast, seem like it'll hire just about anyone.

:)

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I've heard just the opposite. I've heard Chick-fil-A hires people of all types. I've heard that there is a lesbian that wants to open a franchise. I think you're wrong.

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The original owner of Domino's is who you're thinking about.

The current owner is a conglomerate of investors led primarily by Bain Capital who bought it from the original owner in 1998 and took the company public in 2004.

So, Domino's got out of the crazy Christian business back in 1998.

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churches are corporations/businesses now?

I thought church and charity were very different organizations.

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A charity is a business that has 501(c)(3) status from the IRS. The IRS's definition is as follows (taken from irs.gov):

To be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3), and none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual. In addition, it may not be an action organization, i.e., it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates.

Organizations described in section 501(c)(3) are commonly referred to as charitable organizations. Organizations described in section 501(c)(3), other than testing for public safety organizations, are eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions in accordance with Code section 170.

Exempt Purposes

The exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3) are charitable, religious, educational, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition, and preventing cruelty to children or animals. The term charitable is used in its generally accepted legal sense and includes relief of the poor, the distressed, or the underprivileged; advancement of religion; advancement of education or science; erecting or maintaining public buildings, monuments, or works; lessening the burdens of government; lessening neighborhood tensions; eliminating prejudice and discrimination; defending human and civil rights secured by law; and combating community deterioration and juvenile delinquency.

Note: emphasis on "religious" is mine

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I think there is a marked difference between the Mayor going on a witch hunt for organizations that do not agree with his philosophy of inclusion and responding to the comments the President of Chick-Fil-A made, considering they've been looking to expand in Boston for some time now. I applaud Mayor Menino's actions and am proud that his rebuke has made so much news.

If the President of Chick-Fil-A had made a similar comment regarding another minority group or those of another faith the condemnations would have come from many more. Menino's comments show how well he understands the fight for LGBT equality and how far ahead of the learning curve Boston is from the rest of the country.

Bravo Menino - Bravo.

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You know Hooters discriminates against certain women. Islam isn't friendly towards gays, yet the mosque in Roxbury got a bunch of money from the city. Ditto for the Salvation Army and their giant new facility near Dudley Square. Curves gyms don't allow men or thin women. The postal service still doesn't recognize gay marriage in their benefits packages.

So when is the mayor going to take a stand against these discriminatory places operating in the city?

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Whenever I read someone using words such as "I applaud him ..." it makes me think they're a robot.

I mean, do people really talk like that? :O)

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So the mayor should be able to keep you from opening a business if he doesn't like your politics?

Really? You do understand that this works even when you disagree with the mayor, right?

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