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MARRIAGE: Amazon.com vs. Chick-fil-A

Letter by Robert L. Humphries, Puyallup on Aug. 1, 2012 at 3:54 pm | 89 Comments »
August 1, 2012 3:54 pm

For goodness sake, the closest Chick-fil-A franchise is in Boise, Idaho (not exactly the liberal mecca of the Northwest). Most Chick-fil-A franchises are in the South, making it highly doubtful that a boycott by advocates of gay marriage is going to have much impact. Since Chick-fil-A already closes on Sundays (foregoing a weekend day of profits), I doubt they care.

It’s interesting to note, however, that as much opposition as many Southerners may have to gay marriage (as stated in many of their state constitutions), they are not raising a hissy fit over  Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ stand on the issue. In fact, Amazon has opened two distribution centers in South Carolina in the last year, a $150 million investment – in a state that voted 78 percent for an amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriage

If the CEO of Amazon really wanted to make a statement, why not refuse doing business in South Carolina? To me it shows the height of hypocrisy from the Amazon CEO, as well as how firmly confident the folks in South Carolina feel about their stand on same-sex marriage. After all, they are not boycotting a business just because its CEO has a different point of view.

So all you up here in the Northwest, go ahead and boycott non-existing Chick-fil-A franchises. But if you have never had one of their sandwiches, you don’t know what you’re missing.

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