Chick-fil-A, gay marriage, and missguided protests

Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy recently drew attention to the chicken sandwich fast-food chain by stating that he believes in the “biblical definition of the family unit.” Basically, he believes marriage should be between a man and a woman, not a man and another man or a woman and another woman. In other words, his opinion on marriage is in tune with most of the current laws in this country. Proponents for gay marriage have been staging protests against Chick-fil-A. In turn, opponents of gay marriage have been staging counter-protests.

I have to say, the whole thing is really stupid.

Only six states allow same-sex couples to marry. Worse, because of The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), signed into law in 1996 by President Bill Clinton, the federal government does not recognize marriages between anyone other than one man and one woman. Considering that we actually have laws on the books that discriminate against gay people, why are people protesting against Chick-fil-A? People should be protesting against their own government, not a fast-food chain.

It doesn’t matter what Dan Cathy thinks about gay marriage, not when there are actual laws in place that discriminate against gay people. Protest against Chick-fil-A if you’re against delicious chicken sandwiches, protest against your government and elected leaders if you are against marriage discrimination.

Photo: Elvert Barnes

1 thought on “Chick-fil-A, gay marriage, and missguided protests”

  1. Dude people are not protesting just because he is against gay marriage, they are protesting because the CEO is giving company money to anti-gay organizations.
    Imagine if mcdonalds started giving money to the klu klux klan. Obviously black people would be pissed. So why can’t gay people be pissed that he’s spending money to take away their civil rights?

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