Chick-fil-A gay marriage controversy: Rahm Emanuel vs. Chicago franchise

chick-fil-a-gay-marriage-rahm-emanuel-chicago.jpgIn response to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's public condemnation of Chick-fil-A, the owner of the city's only restaurant in the franchise issued a statement Wednesday (July 25) inviting the mayor to visit her eatery.

"Chick-fil-A's values are not Chicago values," the mayor had said in response to the chain CEO's anti-gay marriage stance. "They're not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members. And if you're going to be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect the Chicago values."

Emanuel's comments support another local politician's efforts to block the chain from opening another franchise in his district.

But Lauren Silich insists her "independently owned and operated" franchise, located near the city's upscale Magnificent Mile shopping district, is "dedicated to serving all of [its] guests with honor, dignity and respect."

"I would like to invite Mayor Emanuel into my restaurant to meet me, my husband Steve, and my management staff," Silich says. And although she doesn't openly express support of gay marriage, her company doesn't necessarily share Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy's conservative viewpoint.

"We are Chicagoans who are dedicated to serving our community...including everything from churches to gay and lesbian organizations," the statement continues. ""We alone created 97 jobs this past year and our passion is building leaders for future generations, regardless of sexual orientation or beliefs.

"In addition to my personal invitation to Mayor Emanuel, we would like to extend the invitation to any Chicagoan to visit and experience our restaurant."

Your move, mayor.
Photo/Video credit: Chicago Tribune