CNN PRODUCER NOTE CVNeutron says after submitting a previous iReport on his stance as a gay man supporting Chick-fil-A, he was inspired to expand on his views. ‘There was a broader message I wanted to get across to supporters of equality and the LGBT movement that I feel was lost in the politics surrounding a gay man supporting an anti-gay company,’ he says.
He considers Chick-fil-A a respectable business that sells a good product, and although the company might have a tough stance on the marriage, he feels that there is more to fighting for the rights of the LGBT community than what the definition of marriage is. ‘I think that marriage is nothing more than a term, it symbolizes something greater and that’s what we should be striving for as a community. For me it’s about equality,’ he says.
But there for many who disagreed with his opinions. ‘Call it whatever you want just give me the same rights and responsibilities that a straight couple can have when they join together for life,’ he says. He thinks Chick-fil-A and its CEO have the right to their stance due to their religious convictions. In addition, he says the company has right to free speech, and ultimately he believes that overall the company will support equality.
He also adds that he has been called “anti-gay” for his stance on supporting Chick-fil-A as a gay man. ‘It bothered me at first, but then after I thought about it I realized it’s more that they think I’m putting myself down rather than rising myself above the issue,’ he says. ‘I’m not going to lower myself to an anti-gay organization’s level by raising hell over a simple term. Ideally of course I want my “marriage” to my significant other to be termed marriage, but I know that it’s just a term and easily discarded.
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