In light of the ongoing Chick-fil-A same-sex marriage controversy, a Los Angeles City Council candidate sent a letter Friday to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, urging him to “lead a delegation of local clergy and representatives of the LGBT community” to meet with company President Dan Cathy and convey to him the “destructive nature” of his company’s stance.
“I think city officials must play a larger role. It’s a growing company with stores in 39 states. There is too much at stake here,” said Mitch O’Farrell, who is seeking to represent the 13th District, which includes all or parts of Hollywood, Koreatown, Silver Lake, Echo Park and Glassell Park. “The longer this drags on, the more pain and anxiety it’s going to cause people. I think it’s time for leadership to step in.”
Chick-fil-A has been the subject of media scrutiny and public debate since Cathy publicly expressed his opposition to same-sex marriage. Gay rights activists have targeted their protests at Chick-fil-A locations nationwide, and huge crowds turned out Wednesday for “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,” when tens of thousands waited through long lines in a show of support for the executive.
Villaraigosa weighed in earlier this week on the Chick-fil-A debate, noting that Los Angeles has a “vibrant” LGBT community.