I’m sorry for adding to the cacophony, but a thought now that it’s died down a bit. I was mostly just bewildered by the sudden brouhaha surrounding Chick-fil-A COO Dan Cathy’s remarks about gay marriage because the company had already been donating to Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate groups and “ex-gay” organizations since at least 2003. I’m not against a boycott of Chick-fil-A (I’ve refused to eat there for years), but I think energy spent organizing against a conservative fast food chain might be better directed towards campaigning for equal rights supporters in critical elections this November (like this guy, or the soon-to-be first openly gay United States Senator).
However, if the takeaway for businesses from all of this is that actively opposing equal rights for the LGBT community consistently yields PR disasters, that would say a lot about where we are as a country (note that the impact on revenues will likely be minor - Chick-fil-A is privately-owned and massive, and has greater presence in areas where being anti-gay would probably matter less). Recent events should tell us that anti-gay bigotry, even under the banner of Judeo-Christian values, is rapidly becoming an untenable position for public figures. And I welcome that.
A response to common Chick-fil-A apologist arguments after the jump.