Alright, I wasn’t going to write about this topic since it seemed pretty open and shut to me. But I can’t get on facebook, listen to NPR, or even spend time with friends without hearing about the incident with Chick-Fil-A. So here’s what happened for those who may not know.

Chick-Fil-A is a fast food chain that specilizes in chicken sandwiches as opposed to burgers. The founder and CEO of the company has stated many times that he uses christian values in the founding of the company, which is why the restaurants are closed on Sundays.

Recently, there has been a surge in the media in regards to the religious views of the company’s management due to their support of “pro-family” organizations, and the death of one of the management team.

Naturally, the company’s religious, anti-gay, views have angered many people who support the rights of gay people to get married. This anger has reached a boiling point however, with politicians swearing to prevent Chick-Fil-A restaurants from being built in the cities they govern. This has naturally angered the conservative right, who support the company’s pro-family views.

In my mind, this issue is actually very simple. I do not agree with the religious views of the company’s president, but he has every right to hold those views. At the same time, people who do not agree with the positions of the company have every right to refuse to buy their product.

Now the movements to ban the restaurants from building new franchises is unconstitutional. The company was founded on christian values, but they do not discriminate in their hiring or service policies. A gay man can get a job at these restaurants and would not be fired for their sexual orientation. Therefor, the banning of these restaurants would violate the first amendment rights of the owner.

I hope that this controversy dies down soon, and that the president of Chick-Fil-A will be able to build his franchise wherever he wants to without legal trouble, despite my disagreement with his viewpoint on marriage.

But what do you think? Do you agree or disagree with the attempts to legally ban this chain in major cities? Do you agree or disagree with Dan Cathy’s views on marriage? Leave a comment and let me know.

[edit]  I now love the Jim Henson Company more than I ever thought possible. I just learned that they severed their promotional deal with Chick-Fil-A and are donating the last check they got from Chick-Fil-A to a pro-gay rights group.  It may not be easy being green, but I love you for it.