City bans event sponsored by Chick-Fil-A, which has ‘rich history of homophobia’

City bans event sponsored by Chick-Fil-A, which has ‘rich history of homophobia’

Officials in the Canadian city of Nanaimo issued a statement Monday affirming the rights of “men and women of all faiths” to rent government-owned venues after the same council members recently raised the ire of Christian pastors for banning a public venue from being used for an event because it was sponsored in part by Chick-fil-A.

Council member Fred Pattje last month blasted fast-food owner Dan Cathy’s “history of homophobia” and introduced a measure to bar the streaming of an annual conference called “Leadercast.”

The event, which took place May 8 in Atlanta and was streamed to 800 cities in North America, is aimed at providing thought-provoking speakers who can help build up a generation of viable leaders; the conference does not explicitly address controversial subjects like homosexuality, based on an analysis of its website.

But Pattje took issue with Chick-fil-A’s sponsorship of the event, saying that it made it ethically impossible for the city to allow it to be simulcasted at a local convention center.

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