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Chick-fil-A Latest Example of How Same-Sex Marriage Threatens Religious Freedom
Posted By Thomas Messner On July 30, 2012 @ 3:30 pm In Featured | Comments Disabled
Same-sex marriage combined with nondiscrimination policies  will result in significant discrimination against individuals and institutions that hold to the belief that marriage is—and should be defined in law as—the union of one man and one woman.
In the latest illustration of how this will happen, a Chicago alderman recently explained  that he plans to block the chicken restaurant Chick-fil-A from building a new restaurant in his ward because he is offended by the belief of the company’s owners that marriage is between one man and one woman.
“There are consequences for one’s actions, statements and beliefs,” the official stated . “Because of this man’s ignorance, I will deny Chick-fil-A a permit to open a restaurant in my ward.”
Under pressure, this official might attempt to alter his rationale  for targeting Chick-fil-A—or even back down altogether like the mayor of Boston  did when he was criticized for targeting Chick-fil-A in his city.
However it turns out, though, the Chick-fil-A situation certainly adds to the growing list of cases illustrating how individuals and institutions that continue to support marriage as one man and one woman will likely face a variety of significant burdens:
This is not “live and let live.” This is the state—and sometimes private citizens and the culture at large —punishing people who refuse to recant their belief that marriage is the union of a husband and wife.
This kind of thing happens because proponents of same-sex marriage declare support for marriage as one man and one woman to be a form of irrational prejudice and bigotry similar to racism. In this view, support for marriage as one man and one woman is the kind of belief that should be purged from public life through legal, cultural, and economic pressure.
This is precisely what is happening right now to Chick-fil-A.
Defending marriage takes courage. For more stories of people who have demonstrated courage in standing for marriage as one man and one woman, visit the website of the Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance , a group that stands up for people who stand up for marriage.
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URLs in this post:
 Same-sex marriage combined with nondiscrimination policies: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2011/07/same-sex-marriage-and-threats-to-religious-freedom-how-nondiscrimination-laws-factor-in
 recently explained: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-07-26/news/ct-perspec-0726-moreno-20120726_1_anti-gay-comments-1st-ward-homophobic-comments
 alter his rationale: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/chicago-alderman-vowing-to-block-chick-fil-a-suggests-company-discriminates-against-gays/
 the mayor of Boston: http://blogs.chicagotribune.com/news_columnists_ezorn/2012/07/boston-backs-down-on-chick-fil-a-now-its-chicagos-turn.html
 was hauled before a human rights tribunal: http://blog.heritage.org../../../../../2012/07/02/adf-appeals-case-of-christian-photographer-who-refused-to-photograph-same-sex-ceremony/
 have: http://blog.heritage.org../../../../../2011/06/01/civil-union-law-forces-catholic-charities-to-drop-adoption-service/
 been: http://blog.heritage.org../../../../../2010/02/19/the-d-c-government%E2%80%99s-strike-against-foster-kids-%E2%80%93-and-religious-liberty/
 forced: http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/012/191kgwgh.asp
 to stop: http://blog.heritage.org../../../../../2011/05/23/another-christian-adoption-agency-burdened-by-state-sponsored-intolerance/
 Boy Scouts of America: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2008/10/same-sex-marriage-and-the-threat-to-religious-liberty
 she was expelled: http://blog.heritage.org../../../../../2011/10/12/court-considers-case-of-student-expelled-from-counseling-program-for-unwillingness-to-affirm-homosexual-relationships/
 denied official recognition: http://www.clsnet.org/page.aspx?pid=528
 and sometimes private citizens and the culture at large: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2009/10/the-price-of-prop-8
 the website of the Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance: http://marriageada.org/category/stories/
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