I found last week’s events surrounding Chick-fil-A interesting. Dan Cathy, the company’s president and COO, publicly declared that he opposes gay marriage.
Although I couldn’t find a reliable count of gays and lesbians in the U.S., it appears to be well over a million, all of whom presumably would like the right to marry. The number who support gay marriage increases exponentially when you add their friends and family.
It seems odd that the leader of a major corporation would deliberately alienate a significant portion of his customer base. Isn’t that bad for business?
Mr. Cathy’s remarks ruffled so many feathers that interest groups called for a boycott. Preempting the opposition, on Wednesday, supporters flocked to the restaurant in droves. Reports are that it was a record day for sales.
I wonder what’s going to happen when people realize that Mr. Cathy apparently supports polygamy. At least that’s how I understood it.
Here’s what he said: “We are a family owned business, a family led business, and we are married to our first wives.”
I understand why Chick-fil-A is family owned and led; polygamists generally have large families. I suppose the only reason Mr. Cathy doesn’t marry his other wives is because having more than one is illegal, like gay marriage. Maybe he’ll support gay marriage when it’s legal to have more than one wife.
May the farce be with you!