Boston Mayor Backs Down on Statement that “It Will Be Very Difficult” for Chick-Fil-A to Get Boston Business License

From the Boston Herald:

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino repeated today that he doesn’t want Chick-fil-A in Boston, but he backed away from a threat to actively block the fast-food chain from setting up shop in the city.

“I can’t do that. That would be interference to his rights to go there,” Menino said, referring to company president Dan Cathy, who drew the mayor’s wrath by going public with his views against same-sex marriage.

The mayor added: “I make mistakes all the time. That’s a Menino-ism.”

The Herald first reported last week that Menino warned “it will be very difficult” for Chick-fil-A to obtain licenses for a restaurant in Boston.

The mayor’s original comments are quoted here; I argued here that the government’s blocking the opening of Chick-fil-A stores because of their owners’ anti-same-sex-marriage political activity violates the First Amendment. Thanks to InstaPundit for the pointer.