Supporters of Chick-fil-A restaurants are staging a nationwide appreciation day for the company Wednesday. Meanwhile, in Chicago, political pressure to deny the company a permit for a new restaurant leads to a civil rights complaint.The head of the Chicago Republican party filed a civil rights complaint Wednesday with the Illinois Attorney General. The complaint charges that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Joe Moreno are intimidating business owners and violating the right of Chick-fil-A's owner to voice his views on same sex marriage.
Last month, Chick-fil-A's top executive talked publically about his opposition to same-sex marriage.
Chris Cleveland of the Chicago Republican Party says the city is violating basic constitutional rights and religious freedom by threatening to block Chick-fil-A from opening a new store.
Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno says he's opposed to the views expressed by Chick-fil-A's president, but says he's not sure if he'll try to block the restaurant from trying to open a new store in his ward.
Mayor Emanuel and Alderman Moreno have not commented on the complaint filed by the Chicago Republican Party.
LGBT community says Chick-fil-A's top executives have created a climate of fear and discrimination with their public stance on same sex marriage.
"The Illinois Human Rights Act states that public accomodations, which Chick-fil-A is a part of, cannot make people feel unwelcome, objectionable or unacceptable and that's exactly what his statements have done," said Anthony Martinez, Executive Director of Civil Rights Agenda.