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What's Your Take on the Chick-fil-A Debate?

The leaders of the Atlanta-based company have been outspoken against gay marriage - and it's created an ongoing argument among those in favor and those against.

Earlier this month, President Dan Cathy of Chick-fil-A spoke out publicly against gay marriage. The ensuing public uproar on the subject has been swift.

Bloggers have lit up the Internet, Twitter has been filled with opinions and celebrities have sworn to boycott the family-owned restaurant.

In response, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos donated $2.5 million to help pass a same-sex referendum in Washington state.

Even President Obama earlier this year, switched his stance on gay marriage saying publically that he condones unions between same-sex couples.

What's your thoughts on business and political leaders speaking out publically on gay marriage? Will it affect where you dine, which Internet business you choose to do business with or who you vote for?

Speak out: Use the comment box below to respond.

Phil Johnson July 30, 2012 at 11:58 AM
I'm perfectly fine with same sex relationships; Not my style, but it doesn't have to be. What troubles me is that Dan Cathy founded a fine company, employed tens of thousands of people, contributed heavily to charity and represented a core value in keeping his stores closed on Sunday. His voice is being shut down by others who want to have theirs. Why can't he have this opinion? Is that not fashionable now? The GLAD people want to beat him into submission. That's not right, fair, or the way we should operate in this society. Give the man some respect. He's earned it by deeds, not by words.
Phil Johnson July 30, 2012 at 03:12 PM
In rather tired of everyone's opinions, especially celebrities. They have a forum the restof us don't have. It must be quite comforting to have $50mm in the bank and criticize the restof us for not supporting the poor. It's like Oprah going to a charity ball for homeless people wearing a 500k gown. That's not philanthropy. It's ego.
mel July 30, 2012 at 03:44 PM
America was built on foundations such as freedom of speech. Chickfila is a Christian owned corporation. If the founders do not support gay marriage, then that is their right and their oppinion. America deems anything less unconstitional. For too long, it has been the "American way" to hypocritically boost about "freedoms" we esteem and support, which seperate us from third world countries and make us a thriving democracy. Well, to support a universal value like "Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Speech" means to do so when it's not convenient and when we may not agree with what is being said. It is hypocritcal and self-serving of us otherwise. Our country has a history of posing to be something (like proponents of freedom) while committing actions antithetical to that image we portray. So, what punishment should Chickfila receive until we get from them what we want? We have a history of taking, so let's get down to it and discuss what we will take from them. How dare these Americans voice an opinion that we don't like.
B.J. July 30, 2012 at 05:13 PM
What does GOD say in HIS WORD about homosexuality?
yvonna McGlaun July 30, 2012 at 05:51 PM
God says that homosexuality is abominable
Jan Kennedy July 31, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Oh yes! My husband and I love Chik-Fil-A - for their great food AND for their strong Christian values. We hope MORE people will run their businesses this way and speak out about it! We DO NOT support businesses - such as Home Depot and J.C. Penney - which openly support the gay lifestyle and gay marriage.
Ground Chuck July 31, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Obummer switched his stance for political expediency and votes. Period. As far as an opinion, could not care less if two people want to "get married." But trumpeting it and making demands on everyone as a result is why there is so much resistance. It isn't necessary to publicize the hell out of it unless you have an ulterior motive. Therefore I do not support it, especially in government and law.
Ground Chuck July 31, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Phil and others, nothing any of these radicals do or say is going to put one 5-cent dent into Chick fil A's sales. It's ludicrous to think otherwise. And anyone who decides on what to support or who to vote for based on a celebrity's opinion is frankly too damn stupid to be voting in the first place. And stupid can't be fixed.
Danielle McCreight August 01, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Its good to know that we are all allowed to have an opinion as long as it follows the majority. I dont have anything against either Chick-fil-a or gay rights. Love is love no matter where its found as long as its two consenting adults. Likewise, Chick-fil-a has the right to stand its ground. They have never come forth with anti gay setiment. Never attacked anyone. just ran a healthy business peacefully. Thats how it should be.
carol anderson August 01, 2012 at 06:10 PM
I just went by a Chick where the customers were giddy they were so happy to be able to promote their cause against gay marriage. Taking pictures, matching T-shirts, It made me very sad. When will people realize that being gay is NOT a choice, but you are born that way. I won't eat at Chick again, gay people should be able to get married. Law isn't bound by the Bible. Chick stepped in it.
DC August 01, 2012 at 09:07 PM
"The Bible contains six admonishments to homosexuals and 362 admonishments to heterosexuals. That doesn't mean that God doesn't love heterosexuals, it's just that they need more supervision" - Lynn Lavner
LifeintheWomb August 02, 2012 at 07:14 AM
Law IS bound by the Bible! Founding Father James Wilson, who became known as the "Father of American Law" said "Good civil law is based on Biblical law".
Me August 08, 2012 at 04:57 PM
carol, "Born that way" is a theory. It is not objectively scientifically proven. For every expert that communicates the opinion that someone is born that way, there are two that say that is not scientifically so. Also, this country (and the law) was in fact founded on God and Bible based principles. It is a matter of history. Lastly, the point that I think that is important to remember is that your cause doesn't have to be the WORLD'S CAUSE. Freedom of belief and speech means just that, even if gay people disagree. What gay people do in their bedrooms doesn't have to be screamed from the roof tops just like heterosexuals don't have to be so loud and pushy about beliefs. It's an individual, private matter. So, if a founder's individual and private opinion is that it's wrong, as an American he/she has that right to voice that.
Vernon Rosa August 14, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Whose rights were violated by the owner of a company making a statement that he, speaking for himself and his company, believed in the biblical definition of marriage??? His company hires gay workers, so there is no discrimination there. In keeping with his religious beliefs, and flying in the face of convention, he does not allow his stores to be open on Sunday. He puts his beliefs above profits. When did it become all right for groups to demand we must all think like them or face the kind of hate we are seeing against Chick-fil-A? Is that really their idea of protecting the right to free speech, or is that part of the Constitution irrelevant?

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