As a long standing libertarian I have absolutely no problem with gay marriage. As a long time fan of chicken sandwiches I have no problem with Chick-fil-A. As a long time fan of liberty I have no problem with a private company like Chick-fil-A opposing gay marriage. Also as a long time opponent of political busybodies I oppose Bill “the red” de Blasio’s grandstanding.
Chick-fil-A, because it is a private company can choose to do what it wants, including close their operations on Sunday, which I respect greatly. This drives “liberal” politicos nuts because they can’t lean on private companies the way they can lean on public corporations.
Mayor de Blasio has no business weighing in in this way. It’s just bullying and political pandering. Simple as that. It’s ugly. So what if a company opposes gay marriage? Really, so what? That is their right. The company should be able to do what it wants within the law. If you don’t like their policies don’t eat there. But the mayor trying to run the company out of town is just lame.
But that’s de Blasio for you – lame.
(From the Washington Examiner)
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is urging New Yorkers not to patronize Chick-fil-A because the company opposes gay marriage.
“What the ownership of Chick-fil-A has said is wrong,” he said, according to DNA Info. “I’m certainly not going to patronize them and I wouldn’t urge any other New Yorker to patronize them. But they do have a legal right.”
You are right Mr. Mayor they do. And you also have a right to “pop off” (as our classy president might say) about what you want. But as mayor your boycott language is inappropriate. Your New Yorkcentrism is showing Mr. Mayor and that just isn’t acceptable in today’s diverse and pluralistic society. Try to be a little more open minded.
One additional note. I live in Charlottesville Virginia, a very liberal town, and Chick-fil-A does massive business here. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, there is almost always a long line to get food. Even during off hours. It’s like a casino.