A Christian website on Monday chided
Chipotle Mexican Grill for promoting sodomy.
The story, titled Chipotle Tex-Mex
Chain, Founded by Open Homosexual, Promoting Sodomy in Pride Parades
Nationwide, from Christian
News Network pointed to the restaurant chain's participation
in the Capital Pride parade in Washington, D.C. and the Philly Pride
parade in Philadelphia.
The outlet reported: “During both
events, the chain utilized a float upon which sat a man riding a
giant burrito wrapped in tin foil. On the side of the float was a
sign that read 'So big you can ride it,' with an image of a
rainbow-wrapped burrito in the center.”
Chipotle was founded in 1993 by Steve
Ells. The publicly traded company has more than 1,400 locations in
43 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., two Canadian provinces, the United
Kingdom and France, and employs more than 37,310 people.
Ells and Montgomery Moran serve as
co-CEOs of the company. Ells also serves as the company's chairman.
In a Time profile published last
year, Ells, 47, was described as having a long term boyfriend.
While the Christian News piece
only alleges “sodomy promotion” in its title, it cites Ells'
sexual orientation as a likely “factor in the company's activism.”