- Chick-Fil-A is a privately held company. This means that the owner gets to exert personal control.
- The owner publicly, in an interview, expressed a view that is contrary to resolutions and laws in several (and growing) locations in the country, and abhorrent to many people in the country.
- Of course the owner can say anything he wants to. He can also not say anything.
- “It’s a religious belief” is a bullcrap rationalization for anything you do to other people.
- If you publicly state your personal beliefs, your public persona and public business will have to deal with the consequences of those statements. Free speech does not equal freedom from consequences.
- If you publicly indicate that your privately held company might not comply with the laws and resolutions of a locality, that locality is well within its rights to demand assurances that your company will comply with the law, and resist your company’s entry into that locality.
So let’s recap:
- You get to say whatever you want in this country.
- You have to deal with the consequences of what you say.
- When you are the public head of a company, your company has to deal with what you say.
- This can (and probably will) include formal and informal boycotts and protests.
- This may include losing money, contracts, etc.
Deal with it, or don’t make a public statement in an interview. Not. Hard.
So yeah, I’m not buying Chick-Fil-A. I haven’t for quite some time, except when I literally had no choice. Same reason I don’t donate a dime to the Salvation Army. If I have a chance to have a say in it, I’ll recommend against either organization. You have the right to disagree completely. But there really isn’t much to argue about other than the policy itself… which makes up about 1% of the actual “discussion” on both sides.
Oh, and by the way, commentary that uses Sodom and Gomorrah as a justification for opposing gay marriage might want to remember that Lot offered his two virgin daughters up for gang rape, and those two angels didn’t think that was a problem.
I’ll let the lack of Christian commentary on that part of Genesis 19 speak for itself.