Originally Posted by dena
Chic-Fil-A is owned by a Christan family that is against Gay Marriage, and has publicly said so.
This, naturally, has the Pro-Gay crowd's pantys in a bunch.
The Mayor of both Boston, and Chicago have decided to use their political muscle to keep Chic-Fil-A from expanding into their jurisdictions.
Have these politicians over stepped their authority?
Should these mayors use their offices do punish a corporation for exercising their free speech rights, because the mayors don't hold the same views?
I don't want this thread to devolve into an arguement about the rights and wrongs of the gay marriage thing, I would like to keep the subject about the punishment of corporations by tolerant politicians.
Depends on a lot of things. Forgetting the political aspect of the situation, there is no doubt that there will be protests from each side costing the city extra man hours of police time. I figure it will be similar to the manpower and planning needed at an abortion clinic. Second, there is the danger of someone getting arrested during a protest adding to the time of the court and to taxpayer's expenses.
Personally I don't care where they build one, but I do care if my tax dollars are wasted because family run business wanted to take sides in a civil rights issue (read MA Judicial Supreme Court decision).
I say build it and then watch it close like all the KFCs in the Boston area.