You Can Boycott The Restaurant; You Don't Get To Ban Them From Boston
I'm an atheist and although I'm straight, I joke that I'm so pro gay rights, I should have a girlfriend. I'm also pro constitutional rights, and it is the right of the mayor of Boston to not patronize any restaurant with an owner whose anti-gay politics he disagrees with. It is his right to organize pickets outside that restaurant. It is not his right to keep that restaurant out of his city. As @WalterOlson tweeted:
No, Mayor Menino, in a free country you can't keep out a restaurant because you dislike its owner's politics
Greg Turner writes in the Boston Herald:
Mayor Thomas M. Menino is vowing to block Chick-fil-A from bringing its Southern-fried fast-food empire to Boston -- possibly to a popular tourist spot just steps from the Freedom Trail -- after the family-owned firm's president suggested gay marriage is "inviting God's judgment on our nation."
"Chick-fil-A doesn't belong in Boston. You can't have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population. We're an open city, we're a city that's at the forefront of inclusion," Menino told the Herald yesterday.
"That's the Freedom Trail. That's where it all started right here. And we're not going to have a company, Chick-fil-A or whatever the hell the name is, on our Freedom Trail."
Amazingly, the mayor of a major American city doesn't understand freedom. Freedom doesn't mean that you have the "freedom" to shut down whatever you disagree with; quite the contrary. It means you have the freedom to speak up against it.