boston mayor thomas meninoMayor Menino is vowing to keep Chick-fil-A from coming to Boston, according to The Boston Herald. Menino told the Herald:

“Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston. You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population. We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion.”

Chick-fil-A has drawn criticism for donating money to anti-gay groups, and last week CEO Don Cathy claimed the company was “guilty as charged” in its support of family values. Said Cathy, “We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit.”

Controversy over a Chick-fil-A coming to Northeastern flared up earlier this year, with students speaking out against the company.

Yesterday, the company released a statement claiming that it does not discriminate but operates on “biblically-based principles,” and stated, “Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”

What power does the Mayor have to prevent a business from locating in Boston?

“If they need licenses in the city, it will be very difficult — unless they open up their policies,” said Menino to the Herald.