NOM Abandons Month-Old ‘Neutrality’ Talking Point To Defend Chick-fil-A With Mike Huckabee

Think Progress | by Zack Ford | July 23rd, 2012

Just a month ago, the National Organization for Marriage was calling for “corporate neutrality,” arguing that companies like Starbucks and General Mills — both of which it has unsuccessfully tried to “dump” — should just stay quiet on the issue of marriage equality. But to defend Chick-fil-A, NOM has already abandoned this talking point and is now wholeheartedly supporting the company for its wrathful-God condemnation of marriage equality activists, casually ignoring the company’s unlikely promise to “leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”

Now, former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) — who just reminded the world he believes all gay people sexually abuse children — has called for “Chick Fil-A [sic] Appreciation Day,” asking conservatives to turnout on Wednesday, August 1 to eat at the chain to counter the “vitriolic assaults” president and COO Dan Cathy has experienced since his own vitriolic assault. Despite getting the date wrong, NOM is proud to stand with Huckabee and Cathy for “strengthening marriage and family”:

HUCKABEE: I have been incensed at the vitriolic assaults on the Chick Fil-Acompany because the CEO [sic], Dan Cathy, made comments recently in which he affirmed his view that the Biblical view of marriage should be upheld. The Cathy family, let by Chick Fil-A founder Truett Cathy, are a wonderful Christian family who are committed to operating the company with Biblical principles and whose story is the true American success story… I ask you to join me in speaking out on Wednesday, August 1 “Chick Fil-A Appreciation Day.” No one is being asked to make signs, speeches, or openly demonstrate. The goal is simple: Let’s affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick Fil-A on Wednesday, August 1.

NOM: Imagine if folks all across the country united together in support of heroes like Dan and Truett Cathy that stand for strengthening marriage and family! Imagine the potential impact of the message that companies favoring the radical redefinition of marriage risk fallout with their customers—combined with the message that heroes who stand for marriage and family cannot be silenced!Imagine how clearly that message would be heard across the nation if Chick-fil-A reported record sales this Wednesday!

NOM has long claimed that its concern is not with gay people, but with “defending marriage.” Unfortunately, partnering with someone who demonizes gay people to defend a corporate executive who demonizes gay people has everything to do with animus and nothing to do with protecting society. On August 3rd, two days after Huckabee’s “appreciation” day, there will be a nationwide same-sex kiss-in at Chick-fil-A, which might be the only remaining reason the LGBT community and its allies have to justify visiting the wickedly anti-gay restaurant.

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