“We don’t need bigots coming to New York City. They are not welcome here unless they can embrace all of New York’s diverse community, including the LGBT community. We don’t need bigoted people even keeping their opinions to themselves. They need to wake up and see reality.” – Gay NYC Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Queens), speaking last week to the Huffington Post about Chick-Fil-A’s plan to “aggressively expand” into urban markets. Last month Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy announced that he’ll be shutting up about gay marriage, doubtlessly in order to smooth the expansion process.
Yesterday NOM president Brian Brown went nuts about Dromm’s brief statement.
“These remarks are outrageous and intolerant, and sadly seem to be part of a trend developing in the public debate surrounding this issue. When Dan Cathy’s pro-marriage views were first reported in 2012, we saw mayors and city councils saying similar things—it was a disgraceful circus then, and it is now. What Dromm has effectively said here is that anyone who believes in marriage as the union of a man and a woman is unwelcome in New York City. His remarks, coming amidst a climate of such unseemly attacks on pro-marriage people as we saw with the Mozilla controversy last week, simply reinforce a growing manifestation of hostility and intimidation in the public square toward folks with traditional values. Christians and others are now, it seems, going to be considered guilty of ‘thought-crimes’ and threatened with all manner of reprisals simply for holding their beliefs.”
NOM is demanding a “formal apology” from the entire New York City Council. Good luck with that!