Friday, August 3, 2012

Down on Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy recently shared his personal views on gay marriage with a reporter.  The news media have had a field day, reporting both protests and shows of support.  Georgia Tech b-school dean Steve Salbu has a great NYT op-ed that strikes what I believe is the proper perspective.  Salbu, who happens to be gay, was disheartened by Cathy's remarks but was also disappointed with lefty pols who threatened to chase Chick-fil-A out of their towns:
True individual freedom includes allowing consenting adults to marry the partners they choose, regardless of gender. To those for whom same-sex marriage is personally objectionable, their free choice is simple: Don’t enter into one. But don’t impede the freedom of others to do so. As long as Chick-fil-A operates within the boundaries of the law, municipalities and institutions should leave the decision about whether to eat at Chick-fil-A to individual consumers.
Salbu also delivers a business lesson: Cathy should expect his business from gays to fall off a bit.  Is it any wonder CEOs tend to stay silent on social and political issues?

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