I can’t get the Chick-Fil-A thing off of my mind. I suppose it affects me more than most because of my sexuality. I actually liked their food and would often recommend it to others in my area, but I have now made up my mind that I will never EVER eat there again.
What bothers me the most is that I probably know people who went to a Chick-Fil-A yesterday. There were probably members of my family who took time out of their day just to go, just to show that they will never support marriage equality. No matter what they claim, the throngs of people who showed up at CFA restaurants yesterday weren’t there because of freedom of speech; they were there to show their disdain for the LGBT community.
What about all the gay and lesbian youth in this country who watched the news footage of hordes of anti-gay “Christians” standing in line to get a chicken sandwich? Don’t you think they are affected deeply knowing those people are their family members, friends, church members, etc? Don’t you think that will just drive them deeper into a place where they feel unloved? How many of those kids will ultimately take their lives as a result?
What about the poor employees of Chick-Fil-A, gay and straight, who had to deal with eons of comments for and against bigotry. Imagine how many of those employees are just trying to make a living. Imagine how many aren’t anti-gay, but have LGBT friends and family members they love. Imagine having to remain neutral in your interactions with people who are passive-aggressively complimenting your place of work for their homophobic business practices.
I’m still confused as to why people get so bent out of shape over marriage equality. How does allowing more people to participate in something lessen its value? No one can “weaken” or “destroy” the institution of marriage as long as there are people willing to enter into matrimony with any level of seriousness. No one can destroy a marriage except for the two people who are in it.
The same people who pretend to be so upset over “freedom of speech” are the same ones willing to spend their time and money restricting the freedoms of others.
It’s a sad, sad world.