It was the comment heard round the world. In 2012, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy said that he believed “the biblical definition of the family unit” did not leave room for same-sex marriage. After the Supreme Court struck down statues in 2013 that defined marriage as being between one man and one woman, Cathy took to his Twitter account:
“Sad day for our nation,” he said. “Founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies.”
Cathy’s remarks ignited a firestorm. LGBT activists vowed to boycott the popular chicken joint while Christians lined up for blocks to show their support for Cathy’s conservative views. It should be noted, though, that no one has ever been able to turn up the slightest shred of evidence to prove (or even suggest) that Chick-fil-a discriminates against gays, whether customers or staff. And trust me, if there was any, they would have found it.
Even so, the mere whiff of conservative Christianity was enough to send the Denver City Council into a whirlwind of nonsensical moralizing. Chick-fil-a wants to open a franchise at Denver International Airport, but the councilmembers are worried that by allowing the bid, they will be a party to Cathy’s beliefs.
“We really want to look into the policies and practices of these companies, and just make sure they conform to ours in the city, the State of Colorado,” said Robin Kniech, an openly gay councilwoman. “We have a marriage decision nationally. This is really about policies and it’s about practices.”
Perhaps someone should inform Kniech that she’s talking about a restaurant that serves chicken sandwiches and waffle fries. They don’t perform wedding ceremonies. They aren’t running a wedding photography business. They aren’t baking cakes. There’s no reason this should be an issue.
But if someone is going to say that, they won’t be on the city council. All 10 members agreed that the council should pause for a couple of weeks so they can investigate these “policies and practices.”
Councilman Paul Lopez likened the restaurant to Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. “I would throw up in my mouth a little bit if we did business with Trump,” he said, calling the Chick-fil-a matter “really, truly a moral issue on the city.”
This is political grandstanding of the worst kind. They are discriminating against this company based on the Christian beliefs of its CEO. There are no policies and practices that advocate LGBT discrimination. Even Kevin Drum at Mother Jones – one of the most liberal publications in the country – thinks the delay is ridiculous:
If the Denver City Council were giving a popular fast-food outlet a hard time because its CEO contributed to Planned Parenthood four years ago, we’d be outraged – and rightly so. I don’t blame conservatives for being equally outraged about this.
Guys, when you’ve lost Mother Jones, you really are out there in liberal looneyland. Get it together, put your rainbow flags away, and eat mor chiken.