ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – So yesterday all the social conservatives opposed to gay marriage chowed down at Chick-Fil-A restaurants. They were urged on by Rush Limbaugh who believes in the sanctity of traditional marriage so much he’s done it four times. So you get people from Rick Santorum to Mike Huckabee to your average conservative on the street, stuffing their faces with chicken sandwiches to oppose the right of gay people to marry each other.
This happened because Dan Cath, the guy who owns the Chick-Fil-A chain, is a conservative Christian. He told a religious newspaper last month that quote Chick-Fil-A supports the biblical definition of the family unit. One supposes that includes the biblical part about the wife being subservient to the husband, which must make for interesting chicken dinner conversation in the Cathy household.
Anyway, it turns out the Chick-Fil-A corporation has donated over five million dollars of the money you spend on chicken sandwiches to anti-gay organizations over the years, so gay rights supporters called for a boycott. The traditional marriage crowd called for eating at Chick-Fil-A. And the mayors of Chicago and Boston said they didn’t want any of the restaurants in their cities.
A lot of people including liberals say government shouldn’t sanction a corporation for political or social activism, Wrong. Corporations are not people. Corporations do not have first amendment rights. Governments can hold them accountable for actions they find objectionable.
But the biggest power lies with consumers. Hate gay rights? Eat at Chick-Fil-A. Support gay rights? Then boycott places like Chick-Fil-A and Cracker Barrel that aren’t exactly gay friendly. Better yet pack your own lunch.
I’m Charles Jaco and that’s Jacology.