Aug 06 2012

My Take on Chick-Fil-A

Posted by Chris in Chris
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Chick-fil-A has been big news lately over Dan Cathy’s comments about gay marriage. My take on the whole controversy is that the gay community lost in the short run, and in the long run it is a draw. Why?

First and most importantly a few mayors went miles too far with comments that they wanted to ban Chick-fil-A from their cities. Had they instead taken the more appropriate route of saying they disagree with Chick-fil-A and feel that their values do not match that of the city, that may have been a different story. But suggesting that they would block building permits is going way too far.

Secondly, there was not a united voice about our disapproval of Dan Cathy’s comments or even saying that we believe the mayors were going too far. Had there been this united voice and the head of the HRC very publicly saying we believe those mayors went too far with their comments, we may have come out better. But none of the major LGBT organizations took the leadership role that I believe was needed.

So we lose in the short run because it is the comments of the mayors that is what people are going to remember. However, in the long run it is a draw as more progressive areas of the country will not be favorable to Chick-fil-A, but more conservative areas of the country will give Chick-fil-A more money.

What are my opinions on Chick-fil-A? I have been boycotting them for years only eating there when I get a coupon for a free sandwich or breakfast. I like their food, and can justify getting food from them when I am for all practical purposes taking money away from them. However, I refuse to eat there any other time to the point that if my friends or family want to go there, my response is that is fine, but I will be going next door.

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