In case you’ve been living under a rock over the last week the president of the restaurant chain Chick-Fil-A came out with a statement that the chain supports the idea of “traditional marriage“. This was met by the expected reactions by liberals and those who support the LBGT community of condemnation and talks of boycotting the chain. A quick side note, one thing that has always bugged me about Chick-Fil-A is that it’s pronounced chick filet, when clearly the way it’s written it should be pronounced chick fill uh, a much less sophisticated name. This is not really all that newsworthy as these type of things seem to happen with some regularity and not all that unexpectedly from a restaurant chain primarily situated throughout the bible belt.
However what really kicked this whole thing up to another level was when the Jim Henson company came out against Chick-Fil-A and their bigoted stance. That’s right, even the Muppets are against Chick-Fil-A, when you’ve lost the moral high ground to puppets you really are in a bad place. There are of course now lots of protests and protest responses occurring, there is a national support day on August 1st and a corresponding same sex kiss day.
As Conservatives are always quick to point out, the restaurant is a private entity and has the absolute right to support financially or otherwise the anti-gay marriage agenda. However what I find funny is how up in arms Conservatives get that people are exercising their right to protest this stance. One of the primary conservative political planks is supposedly the support of freedom and capitalism. Well, in a free capitalistic society people have the right to protest a company’s obvious bigotry by exercising their right to convince people not to spend money at that business. Unfortunately what people on the edges of political belief, both left and right, always fail to recognize, is that your opposition has the same exact rights that you do.
To me the saddest thing about the anti-gay marriage stance, is that to any person of reasonable intelligence can see the direction all of this is heading. Like the civil rights movement of the 1960’s the equality of marriage movement will culminate in all people in the United States having the right to marry the people they love. Being against that says three things about you.
First, you are mired in an outdated world view that no longer makes any sense. The biblical arguments against same-sex marriage are ridiculous. The way the bible guides the lives of Christians has and will always be re-interpreted into modern times, for example, we no longer stone people to death for working on the sabbath. Essentially you will soon find yourself on the wrong side of history.
Second, you don’t have a basic understanding of history or culture and you certainly have not spent time with the people in the LGBT community. Yes that’s right they are people, not Gays, or deviants or any other term you want to use to dehumanize them, they are just people just like you.
Third, at the absolute core of it all you are against love. You are in opposition of the idea that two people have the right to express their love for each other in the same way you do. Basically you are denying them freedom, the same freedom you wave as a flag, the same freedom found in the Constitution of the United States of America. So at the end of the day, opposing Gay Marriage, is basically un-American.