I need to cover this while it’s still news.
First: I fully support gay marriage because everyone deserves the experience of watching their loved ones let themselves go and poop with the bathroom door open. Boom, done.
Now, Chick-fil-A owner Dan Cathy has publicly expressed his disapproval of gay marriage. I AM FINE WITH THAT. It’s his opinion and we can agree to disagree, yes? I would compare this to differences in religions. You’re a Muslim and I’m a Christian? Okay. I don’t want to get in the way of your beliefs because I respect your right to believe in them.
HOWEVER, my beef with Chick-fil-A’s president lies in the fact that he’s getting in the way of people’s beliefs. En garde, sir.
In a recent article on npr.org stated that Cathy “went public to defend his company’s stance against gay marriage…”. Hmm… a little bold, wouldn’t you say? I would argue that one’s ability to speak for the beliefs of roughly 94,000 employees should not be dictated by his ability to make a delicious chicken sandwich.
Several cities have encouraged Chick-fil-A to discontinue its expansion towards/within them which I think is hysterical. I would say that our politicians lower themselves to Cathy’s level by speaking for the beliefs of the public, but that’s their job! Dan Cathy was hired to run a business, not to preach domestic diatribe and stamp the company logo on it!
Now just because I want to see Colonel Sanders drop this guy like a sack of waffle fries, doesn’t mean I’m going to stop eating at his restaurant. We have to remember that just because the owner isn’t as progressive as the rest of us, doesn’t mean that our dollars don’t help support the thousands of people his company employs.
Also, we can’t forget that the chain closes on Sundays to give its employees a day of rest and, if they choose to, worship. Chick-fil-A also helps its employees pay for college and donates thousands to charities.
So while I disagree with Cathy’s stance on gay marriage and even more with his decision to defend his beliefs as the beliefs of the entire company, I don’t think the opinion of one man should be a cause for protesting a multi-billion dollar company.
Just my opinion. Think it’s the wrong one? I challenge you to change it.
I’ll be feeding you seconds in no time~