A San Mateo County, California, official is pushing to keep Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant in Redwood City, California.
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San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa told KPIX-TV that he is actively trying to prevent the Christian-owned restaurant from even obtaining an architectural permit because of the company’s traditional, Christian stance on marriage.
“This would not go before the city council — because it’s an existing use, it would just be administerial for the planning commission,” Canepa explained. “When people think of the Chick-fil-A logo — what they think of is anti-LGBTQ.”
Canepa said that he hopes residents will rally around him and help to deter the restaurant from opening.
“What we are trying to do is make sure Chick-fil-A — if they want to do business here — that there is a lot of pressure here and that they should do the right thing and withdraw their application,” he added.
A member of the San Mateo County LGBTQ Commission is behind Canepa’s move.
Craig Wiesner told KPIX that the government should not prevent any companies from conducting their business in the city, but he also called for residents to stand up to the local government.
“I don’t think that we should necessarily be regulating what businesses can open in Redwood City, but I do think that as a community, we can stand up and say we don’t want this particular business which has taken a very open stand against LGBTQ people and spent millions of dollars against us at the heart of our county,” Wiesner said.
A spokesperson for the wildly popular restaurant issued a brief statement to the station on the matter.
“We are committed to earning the respect and business of all our customers, and one day hope to serve guests in Redwood City,” the representative insisted.