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This Week In Gay: Chick-fil-A Learns Their Lesson? Michelle Shocked Does Not

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This Week In Gay: Chick-fil-A Learns Their Lesson? Michelle Shocked Does Not

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It’s starting to look like DOMA may be overturned by the Supreme Court, but that doesn’t mean all sorts of other people aren’t doing weird things when it comes to arguing for, or against, gay marriage. Purveyors of lightly-breaded, deep-fried, good ol’ fashioned homophobia, Chick-fil-A, seem like they may be learning their lesson. At least one branch operator anyway, who handed out free food at a rally in support of marriage equality.

A California Chick-fil-A owner, Corey Bruan, “surprised demonstrators at a local same-sex marriage rally by handing out coupons for free meals to attendees. ‘Chick-fil-A has never been about hate,’ Braun said, insisting that whatever was said was ‘taken out of context.'” (Gawker).

That’s a step in the right direction, at least, from the nation’s somehow most/least gay fast food chain. Another, albeit more recently and suddenly famous homophobe, Michelle Shocked, isn’t taking all this equality and civil rights shit lying down. The singer, whose string of concerts was canceled in the wake of a bizarre, unhinged anti-gay rant, staged a protest at a venue in Santa Cruz where she had been scheduled to play. “She wore a mask over her head, tape over her mouth, and taped several hastily scrawled signs to the wall before sitting down on the cement and strumming her guitar.” (Towel Road).

Poor Shocked and her Christian brethren. It must be hard being treated like second class citizens. I wonder if there’s any other group of people out there in the news at the moment that can relate to that sort of discrimination? Paul Waldman in Prospect succinctly deflates the hot air out of this line of thinking in his piece here.

I’m more than happy to admit that in certain circles, it’s more acceptable to be gay than to be an evangelical Christian. That’s what Chief Justice Roberts was getting at when he noted during the oral arguments about DOMA that “political figures are falling all over themselves” to endorse gay marriage, and thus gay people don’t qualify as a disfavored minority. But what we’re talking about here isn’t attendance at fashionable Upper West Side parties, it’s discrimination under the law. That’s what makes you a second-class citizen. It’s what gay people live with now, and it’s something that is never, ever going to happen to Christians, no matter how bad some of them may feel when people tell them they’re wrong.