A public uproar took place in this summer, when Chick-fil-A Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy spoke out against same-sex marriage, rooting in favor of a “traditional” American family.
Many same-sex marriage, LGBT groups, and supporters protested and boycotted Chick-fil-A for their stance on this issue, and recently, Elon University, a small university in North Carolina, has voted to ban Chick Fil-A from its campus. In addition, the student senate at Richard Stockton College in Galloway, N.J., will decide whether it will end its university's relationship with the fast food corporation.
What is this accomplishing? Chick-fil-A has seen little decline in sales since the original statements were made, so a few universities giving the restaurant chain the boot certainly will not open eyes for the organization.
Chick Fil-A stated about gay marriage is protected under the First Amendment’s freedom of speech clause.
Even though I am in favor of same-sex marriage, and I have written articles online in the past to aid the cause, freedom of speech and freedom of the press are the top causes I advocate for.
I don’t support what Cathy and other members of the organization have stated, but I will defend with my last breath their right to express that opinion. This is the reason why I became an opinions columnist to begin with.
Think of it this way: as much as same-sex couples have the right to get married in the United States, Chick-fil-A has every right to rally against it. That does not make it right or wrong; it is their choice to state their views.
Cathy and the rest of the organization probably do not care how it impacts their sales — they wanted to influence the public with their opinion, no matter what the repercussions. That fact makes what they did admirable. It does not mean I agree with their stance, but merely sharing their opinion openly was — in every sense — brave.
Virginia Tech has a Chick-fil-A on campus in Hokie Grill, and from what I hear, it is one of the most popular food chains on campus. Even as a supporter of the rights of same-sex couples, I eat there at least three times a week, but that does not mean I am for or against their cause.
I like their food, and it is quick and convenient between classes — It is as plain and simple as that. I am sure I am not the only supporter of same-sex marriage that happens to purchase lunch from Chick-fil-A on campus. Therefore, I do not foresee one of Hokie Grill’s biggest contributors going anywhere.
In reality, some people just need to let words roll off of their shoulders. There are millions of people, nationwide, that do not agree with Chick-fil-A’s stance on same-sex marriage. There are also millions that agree with them.
What people need to absorb is that it is just an opinion. Sure, it may not sound fair, but Cathy had every right to state it. It was his choice to share his two cents on the issue, and he made the choice to deal with the consequences and backlash from it.
As much as I disagree with Chick-fil-A’s stance, I know what it is like to receive backlash for my opinion. I’m sure I will be the target of many readers’ disdain toward my views on this issue.
However, there is one thing this article and the statements put out by Chick-fil-A have in common: protection under the First Amendment.