Cardinal George enters Chick-Fil-A debate

August 2, 2012 (CHICAGO)

There were long lines Wednesday night at the Chick-Fil-A in Schaumburg. It was billed as "Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day."

Chick-Fil-A has been at the center of a controversy since the company's CEO voiced his opposition to gay marriage.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said the restaurant chain's values are not consistent with Chicago's values.

Now Francis Cardinal George is stepping into the fray, writing on the Archdiocese of Chicago blog:

"I was born and raised here, and my understanding of being a Chicagoan never included submitting my value system to the government for approval."

He goes on to write: "Approval of state-sponsored homosexual unions has very quickly become a litmus test for bigotry. Surely there must be a way to properly respect people who are gay or lesbian without using civil law to undermine the nature of marriage."

First Ward Alderman Joe Moreno wants to block the zoning of a new Chick-Fil-A restaurant in his ward.

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