"What the ownership of Chick-fil-A has said is wrong," de Blasio said. "I’m certainly not going to patronize them, and I wouldn’t urge any other New Yorker to patronize them. But they do have a legal right."
"Chick-fil-A is anti-LGBT," councilman Danny Dromm said in a statement. "This group imparts a strong anti-LGBT message by forcing their employees and volunteers to adhere to a policy that prohibits same-sex love. It is outrageous that Chick-fil-A is quietly spreading its message of hate by funding these types of organizations."
In 2012, Chick-fil-A gained attention when it came to light that the company had donated millions of dollars to organizations that fight same-sex marriage.
The restaurant chain, which is closed on Sundays, is known for heralding Christian beliefs.
"As it relates to society in general, I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,'" Dan T. Cathy, the company’s president and chief operating officer, said in an interview.
But a Chick-fil-A spokesperson said that the company employees thousands of people who represent varied backgrounds and beliefs and that the business' main focus is on satisfactory service and food.
"The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect -- regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender," the spokesperson said.