Friday, July 27, 2012

Even ACLU supports Chik-Fil-A over Chicago, Boston

You know you've gone too far as a liberal when even the American Civil Liberties Union tells you to stop.

That's the case with the Chik-Fil-A issue in Chicago and Boston. In brief, the mayors of these cities find it objectionable that the CEO of Chik-Fil-A take the biblical view of gay marriage -- and moreover, dares to states these views publicly. In response, they've mounted the politically correct podium and announced desire to block Chik-Fil-A from their cities. Ridiculous? Un-Constitutional? Even the liberal ACLU says so.

From a Newsmax article, dated July 26::

Chicago and Boston might want to keep Chick-fil-A out of their cities but that doesn’t mean they have the right to do so, according to the ACLU.

Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy’s recent comments supporting the “biblical definition” of marriage as between a man and a woman has led to calls by gay rights advocates to boycott the chain. The mayors of Boston and Chicago have recently promised to stop further expansion of the restaurants in their cities. Emanuel weighed in after Chicago Alderman Proco Joe Moreno said he intends to block the chain from opening its second Chicago location because of Cathy’s remarks.

Legal experts said the cities’ push to stop Chick-fil-A doesn’t stand a chance because barring Chick-fil-A over the personal views of its owner is an “open and shut” discrimination case,
Fox News reported.

“The government can regulate discrimination in employment or against customers, but what the government cannot do is to punish someone for their words,” Adam Schwartz, senior attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, told Fox News. “When an alderman refuses to allow a business to open because its owner has expressed a viewpoint the government disagrees with, the government is practicing viewpoint discrimination.”

The ACLU “strongly supports” same-sex marriage, Schwartz told Fox, but said that if a government can exclude a business for being against same-sex marriage, it can also exclude a business for being in support of same-sex marriage.

That's a very logical assessment from the ACLU ... and one that Chicago and Boston would do well to abide.

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