I think it’s very difficult for the city’s top elected official to go after a person, a company or some other organization without making it sound like a governmental threat.
Nevertheless, Mayor Tom Menino’s letter imploring Chick-fil-A to stay out of Boston (via Universal Hub) does a reasonably good job of getting his point across while acknowledging that he’s only expressing his personal views.
If you read between the lines, he seems to back off a bit from what he told the Boston Herald: “Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston. You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population. We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion.”
Meanwhile, Gizmodo reports that Chick-fil-A’s homophobia-induced meltdown continues.