Chick-fil-A restaurant to be blocked by Chicago alderman

A Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant in Atlanta. Gay A Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant in Atlanta. Gay rights advocates were surprised that the president of the Atlanta-based chain has taken a public position against same-sex marriage. Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy said this week that his privately owned company is "guilty as charged" in support of what he called the biblical definition of the family unit. (July 19, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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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.

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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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