Chipotle Stirs Controversy With Gay Pride Ad And New Anti-Gun Stance

Chipotle served up a double serving of controversy this month by running a gay pride ad supporting LGBT equality and taking a stance against customers carrying firearms in its restaurants.

Chipotle placed a full-page “Homo Estas” ad in New York City’s annual gay pride parade Pride Guide:
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Last year, Chipotle showed off its gay pride with a float featuring a giant tinfoil-wrapped burrito, with the slogan “So big you can ride on it!” on the side of the float. Chipotle employees also wore t-shirts emblazoned with “¿Homo Estas?” slogan.

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Earlier this month, members “Open Carry Tarrant County” walked into a local Dallas-area Chipotle and startled customers with their assault weapons and semiautomatic handguns.

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The New Civil Rights Movement reports:

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which has been petitioning Chipotle to ban guns, posted the above image on their Facebook page and noted that in “Texas, no background check, license, training, or age limit is required to carry a loaded AR15. And did we mention that Chipotle serves alcohol?”

Following in Starbucks’ footsteps, Chipotle yesterday issued a statement not banning guns, but saying “we are respectfully asking that customers not bring guns into our restaurants, unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel.”

“The vast majority of gun owners are responsible citizens and we appreciate them honoring this request,” Chipotle noted in the very generous statement, adding “the display of firearms in our restaurants has now created an environment that is potentially intimidating or uncomfortable for many of our customers.”