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Liberal Mayors v. Chick-fil-A: Another Culture War America Doesn't Need

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Nothing better illustrates the culture war going on in America, with all its quirky and irrational sideshows, than the current boycott against Chick-fil-A for it anti-gay marriage stance and the outspoken counter protest movement it has spawned, resulting in last week’s “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.” The gathering was kicked off by former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and led to hundreds of thousands of supporters mobbing Chick-fil-A franchises around the country to show their support for the embattled company.

It began simply enough: Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy spoke out against same sex marriage and for traditional values, even bragging that all of his company executives were still married to their first wives. By doing so, he implicitly invited public reaction, and he certainly got what he asked for. But contrary to his defenders, it wasn’t just Cathy’s remarks against marriage equality that drew the ire of gay rights supporters, it was the company’s long history of funding anti-gay marriage organizations and initiatives to the tune of $5 million in campaigns such as California’s Proposition 8 in 2008, which rescinded that state’s legislative passage of same-sex marriage. No one disputed Mr. Cathy’s right to say whatever he wants about same-sex marriage; rather, it was his political actions, which have led directly to the repeal of equal rights for gays and lesbians, that sparked the outrage and then the boycott of Chick-fil-A.

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