orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

Opinion

August 4, 2012

Still have freedom of speech

ORANGE — Living in America gives us the right to free speech, to form our own opinions and freedom to chose where to spend or give our money.

Dan Cathy, President of Chick-fil-A, made a statement endorsing a one-man, one woman standard of marriage, prompting a reaction from gay-rights groups and liberal politicians.

Cathy made the statement as his personal opinion and not as a representative of the company.

So why is Chick-fil-A now dealing with boycotts of their restaurants? Perhaps it is an excuse for gay-rights organizations to complain about groups that Chick-fil-A chooses to support through donations.

“We, as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, and our allies are boycotting Chick-fil-A because of these anti-gay donations, which go beyond Mr. Cathy's right to free speech,” John Dean Dominique, coordinator for GetEQUAL TX, a gay-rights organization, said.

The organizations Chick-fil-A reportedly supports are Focus on the Family, Marriage & Family Legacy Fund, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Eagle Forum.

The same right to freedom of speech is the same right gay-rights organizations are expressing by boycotting the establishment and organizing “Kiss Mor Chiks” protests.

“Kiss Mor Chiks” demonstrations Friday at restaurants nationwide, in which same-gender couples would publicly smooch and then take pictures, kiss and post the photos on Facebook and Twitter.

The difference?

The gay-right organizations are not receiving back-lash for exercising their freedom of speech.

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