I have always enjoyed Chic-fil-a but I will no longer be a patron. When a business makes their living off a diverse array of customers I feel it’s hurtful to speak negatively against any of them. To me that’s not only bad business but disrespectful. What if this company made a public statement saying they didn’t recognize interracial marriage? It was only a few years ago that it was still illegal in several Southern states. What if the CEO announced that anyone who didn’t believe in Jesus Christ as their savior would go to hell? In both cases there would have been a HUGE backlash (as there should be). The company admitting their Christian foundations is fine but I think they are taking it too far. Basically, if you can’t say something nice, it’s best to say nothing at all.
Having said that I do blame my own community. Until we, the gay community, begins taking an overwhelming stance against this (as the blacks did with Martin Luther King, Jr. during the days of segregation) then I’m afraid this type of discrimination will continue. As a result these types of companies will only be praised by many (or many will remain neutral) which won’t make change happen. If my community isn’t willing to step up to the plate then why should others do it for us? “If I am not for myself, then who will be for me?”
After a young person I knew committed suicide because he saw his life as a gay man hopeless and unworthy of living I became committed to living my life openly and honestly. And I lost two jobs because of it. But, if my example saved one life, it was all worth it. Do I “wear my gayness on my sleeve”? Hell yes! And accompanied with my gayness I also wear my Jew-ness in the same manner. It is who I am. I live my life no differently than any other person who is happy with who they are. I live for the day where others like my family will do the same so that we may unite in a more conducive and constructive manner so that no company or government can discriminate and be allowed to take my rights away.