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Eating a chicken sandwich is easy – Try life without Google or Starbucks

Aug. 6, 2012
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CFA recorded record sales on August 1 – the day Governor Mike Huckabee declared Support Chick Fil A day. Chick Fil A stores reported long lines at the drive through, the company released a statement saying “While we don’t release exact sales numbers, we can confirm reports that it was a record-setting day.”

Both supporters and detractors of Chick Fil A are employing the logic that consumers ought to vote with their wallets – the act of buying or refusing to buy a chicken sandwich will signal strongly to corporations how their views are being received by the general public.

In the most recent set of amicus briefs filed in support of the DOMA suit, there were over 70 companies listed in support of the plaintiffs. They argue that DOMA forces employers to affirm discrimination they regard as injurious to their corporate missions. This list of companies includes blue chip companies like Google, Microsoft, Starbucks and Gap.

Companies believe that supporting discrimination harms business

In the brief, these businesses argue that on two main premises:

1. The Burden of Compliance with DOMA  negatively impacts their businesses

  • Workplace benefits and a Workplace ethos of transparent fairness are critical to enterprise success
  • DOMA burdens employees and strains the employer/employee relationship
  • DOMA forces employers to incur unnecessary administrative burdens and expenses

2. DOMA forces employers to affirm discrimination they regard as injurious to the corporate mission

This is about more than a chicken sandwich

If the act of eating a chicken sandwich shows that you are for “traditional marriage”, then perhaps you should start removing from your life all the products that are made by companies supporting gay marriage and LGBT rights. I don’t see Mike Huckabee rushing to promote that. In the maelstrom of comments about religious freedom and freedom of speech, we seem to be missing a larger piece of the conversation – how do people in good conscience systematically deny other the same rights they enjoy themselves?

This is not a First Amendment issue

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

 Dan Cathy has the right to say whatever he wishes, and to believe whatever he wishes. It is his actions people take issue with. Actively funding groups whose purpose is to deny LGBT individuals rights, not just the right to marry, these groups also oppose giving LGBT people the right to adopt, the right to avoid being fired just for being gay, the right to not  be terrorized for who they are – that is the issue.