First Amendment gives COO right to voice opinion

Nathan Grobe
Contributing Writer

Chick-fil-A’s president and COO, Dan Cathy, sparked outrage this summer with his comments opposing gay marriage.

When asked about his opinion on the matter, Cathy said he was “supportive of the family — the Biblical definition of the family unit,”—an obvious stance against gay marriage.

After these statements, boycotts were started, television stations pulled Chick-fil-A advertisements, employees of the company were bullied, and local city governments banned Chick-fil-A from opening businesses simply because Cathy had practiced his First Amendment rights.

For some reason, it has become taboo in this country for people to oppose the leftist point of view on certain issues like abortion, race relations and gay marriage. Anyone, like Cathy, opposing the viewpoints of the liberal agenda on these issues is committing social, economic, and political suicide.

Although Cathy is the head of a major company, he is still allowed to have and voice his opinions. People may not agree with them, and that is fine, but he is not wrong. Opinions are not right or wrong. What he is doing is not illegal or even unethical. Cathy is a Christian with a privately owned company. It is not wrong from him to oppose gay marriage.

Cathy’s stance on gay marriage does not impact his business practices, either. His company still happily serves and even employs homosexuals, according to Chick-fil-A’s website and multiple news outlets. His personal and family beliefs do not affect his business, so local governments not allowing Chick-fil-A’s to be opened in their jurisdictions is an attack on Cathy’s First Amendment rights and the First Amendment rights of everyone in this country.

Chick-fil-A is not a hateful corporation, and Cathy is not a hateful person. He is entitled to his own opinions just like the rest of us. People who say Cathy and Chick-fil-A need to “open their minds” need to open their own minds.

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