It comes as no surprise to those of us who understand politics and personalities that the mayor was posturing more than being serious when he said he would stop a fried chicken outlet from operating in Boston because of anti-gay marriage comments made by the chain owner.
The mayor cannot usurp the First Amendment to stop a storeowner from getting a permit. But he can, as he did so mightily in this case, say what he wants with regard to chain ownerâ€™s comments with which he adamantly disagrees.
What shouldnâ€™t be forgotten in this instance is that it was not the chain owner standing up for the rights of all men and women.
It was the mayor doing that.