On Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled that DOMA, which barred the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, even in those states where a union has already been legalized, is unconstitutional. That same morning, the court also dropped the case for Proposition 8, California’s same-sex marriage ban.
Upon hearing the monumental news, many people joyously celebrated for this victory in equality while others expressed their disappointments–going as far as saying that striking down DOMA will change society for the worse.
Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy even expressed his own concern regarding the ruling by tweeting out an anti-gay response saying that it was a “sad day” for the nation and that the “founding fathers would be ashamed.”
The post has since been deleted by Cathy but it still available on Topsy, an online platform that indexes and can trackback tweets and web pages.
A spokesman for Chick-fil-A Jerry Johnston reached out to The Huffington Post on Thursday afternoon and explained why Cathy ultimately decided to pull his tweet, saying, “He realized his views didn’t necessarily represent the views of all customers, restaurant owners and employees and didn’t want to distract them from providing a great restaurant experience.”
Is this an example of profit over people?
It seems like not much has changed since Cathy made headlines for telling the world where his openly discriminatory company stands on supporting the “biblical definition” of marriage.
Regardless of Chick-fil-A’s firm stance on same-sex marriage and relationships, there are many people who don’t want to give up their chicken sandwich because of politics, even those that think Cathy’s views are backward and ignorant or happen to be gay themselves. They strongly believe that the privately-owned company has the right to voice their opinions on same-sex marriage and spend their money on whichever causes they choose to support.
On the opposing end, there are condemners of the company–fair-minded consumers who choose to stop eating at establishments that spend money on actively try to prevent another person’s equality.
Today, the number of Americans who say they have a family member or close friend who is gay jumped from 49 percent in 2010 to 60 percent.
If you love tasty, fried chicken sandwiches, but don’t believe in supporting a discriminatory company, try making one at home. Knoworthy has a recipe for a Chick-Fil-Gay sandwich.
Need five more reasons to make a chicken sandwich at home, or find one elsewhere? See this Huffington Post piece.