Donald A. Perry, vice-president of public relations at Chick-fil-A, died this morning from a heart attack, in the midst of a growing national controversy over the fast-food restaurant's opposition to gay marriage. "We are saddened to report the news to you that our dear friend Don Perry, vice president of public relations, passed away suddenly this morning," said a company statement.
San Francisco mayor Edwin Lee became the latest big city mayor to make empty threats at Chick-fil-A. First it was Boston mayor Thomas Menino, who just today toned down his rhetoric because he realized it was, you know, illegal and impossible to actually ban Chick-fil-a from Boston. Then it was Chicago alderman Joe Moreno who said: "Because of this man's ignorance, I will now be denying Chick-fil-A's permit to open a restaurant in the 1st Ward." Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel had his back, telling reporters that opening a Chick-fil-A in Chicago, "would be a bad investment, since it would be empty."