Gay rights have come a very long way in the past 20 years. Americans have always tried to balance their personal feelings with the idea of equal rights for all. Americans love liberty. And for the past 20 years, gay rights activists have made a convincing case that liberty was on their side.
That’s why I usually try to stay out of the gay marriage issue. I don’t approve of it personally but the libertarian in me doesn’t think that should matter. Arguing liberty is a much more straight-forward case for gay marriage proponents.
However, I think the whole Chick-Fil-A mess has been a turning point. It seems gay marriage advocates have over-played their hand, and in doing so, forfeited the liberty argument. It all started because somebody stated a personal belief. He didn’t do it in a hateful way, he didn’t try to denigrate anybody and he didn’t say anything negative about those who disagree with him. But he was instantly branded a hate-monger, attacked viciously, and mayors across America even threaten to deny permits for his company…because he stated a personal belief.
When your goal is no longer a positive goal of securing rights, but a negative goal of limiting what people are allowed to believe, you are now firmly on the wrong side of liberty. Americans showed how they felt about that by helping Chick-Fil-A to break all of their sales records. I believe the reaction would have been the same if a conservative official threatened to shut down Starbucks because they support gay marriage. If this is the behavior we can expect from the gay rights movement going forward, then their cause is past its peak. Americans are so gay for liberty.