Mr. Cathy, as Chick-fil-A CEO and a private citizen, has the right to voice his beliefs on gay marriage or any other topic. And people have the right to agree or disagree and make consumer choices accordingly. I live in Boston, and the declaration by Mayor Thomas Menino that he doesn’t want Chick-fil-A franchises in his city because of the owner’s views on same-sex marriage is absurd.
I personally support gay marriage and disagree with Mr. Cathy’s views. But I also believe in the freedom of speech. This Chick-fil-A backlash shows how overbearing and controlling our politicians have become. Is the Boston mayor willing to kick out every business whose owner doesn’t support same-sex marriage? Why not just kick out every Boston citizen who opposes gay marriage?
Freedom of speech is a two-way street. The mayor has a right to advocate gay rights while his citizens have the right to oppose them. The city of Boston, or any other city, cannot keep a legitimate, lawful business out because of disagreement with its politics. This is called content-based discrimination, and it is unconstitutional and just as repulsive as Mr. Cathy’s views on gay marriage. I may hate what you have to say, but I will defend your right to say it. Mayor Menino preaches tolerance, but then something like this happens and he becomes the most intolerant of them all. That’s called hypocrisy. Bottom line: the freedom of speech makes America great. This whole Chick-fil-A controversy is ridiculous. If you don’t support the CEO’s views on gay marriage, then exercise your right not to eat at Chick-fil-A.