It looks like Mike Huckabee declared today “Chick-fil-a appreciation day” to honor their opposition to Same Sex Marriage and to honor their traditional Christian values. I didn’t think much about it until I logged onto Facebook today. I hate Facebook.
My news feed was covered with posts about Chick-fil-a. People were quickly choosing sides and declaring their love or hatred for Chick-fil-a. Sitting in an office in California – 2468 miles away from my home in Atlanta, GA – it became obvious to me that the South is in transition.
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My Thoughts On Chick-fil-a and Gay Marriage
First of all I think its great that we live in a country that is free enough where people can have peaceful disagreements without killing each other or going to jail (for now). I think Chick-fil-a is perfectly within their rights to speak out against Gay Marriage – they are idiots for their beliefs – but perfectly within their rights.
If customers are unhappy with their Truitt Cathy’s beliefs and the companies Christian values then they can let their feet and money do the talking and stop going to the restaurants, urge people can stop buying Chic-fil-a franchises, and soon enough the economy will tell Chick-fil-a and their owners all they need to know. I do think it is worth mentioning that many franchise owners of Chick-fil-a DO NOT agree with Mr. Cathy. So that might be worth considering too.
As far as gay rights – well I support them. No one should be able to tell two consenting adults what type of personal relationship they can have. I have written extensively about that before. You can read about that here and here for starters.
Morally, I do not think same-sex marriage is wrong. If two people love and respect each other, have integrity, are socially and personally responsible, have good values, and practice them – they have my support. Their race, faith, creed, gender, sexual preference, relationship status, etc. means little to me.