The Pittsburgh City Council is trying to remove its Chick-fil-A sponsorship from the Pittsburgh Kids Marathon as a way to boycott the fast-food chain’s Christian beliefs.
The one-mile Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh Kids Marathon is set for May 2019 — however, all of the members on the Pittsburgh City Council have a problem with the sponsor and want it revoked.
Chick-fil-A holds the belief that its locations are to be closed on Sundays so that “employees could set aside one day to rest and worship if they choose — a practice we uphold today.”
In a statement, the city council wrote that “the leadership of Chick-Fil-A has openly and passionately promulgated hateful beliefs against the LGBTQIA+ community.”
Additionally, the company has financed organizations staunchly opposed to same-sex marriage and non-discrimination laws and other groups that equate ‘homosexual behavior and lifestyle’ with lawlessness and in opposition to the ‘the [sic] foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society.
The council called the sponsorship a “significant setback” and that it “sends the wrong message” to LGBTQ children and families.
Each member from all nine districts signed the statement in an effort to be a “more progressive and welcoming city.”
Pittsburgh Marathon CEO Patrice Matamoros called the fast-food chain an “openly homophobic and transphobic business” and rejected its “attempts to normalize homophobia and transphobia for our children.”
She called the sponsorship “unacceptable, damaging, and offensive, and should be retracted immediately.”
There are 1,230 people who have signed Matamoros’ petition, close to reaching the goal of 1,600.
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In 2016, Pittsburgh Public Schools approved a “Transgender and Gender Expansive Students” policy that allows students to use whichever bathrooms they choose to use and whatever pronouns they would like.
The Pittsburgh school board voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve a resolution opposing Chick-fil-A as the sponsor for the children’s marathon. However, the school board is not an official marathon partner.
“The family-owned, privately held restaurant company has expressed views contrary to and in conflict with the district’s non-discrimination policies,” the resolution wrote.