Consider This: The Marriage Debate

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The controversy with Chick-fil-A seems to be blown out of proportion. Since when did the opinion of a private business owner become the catalyst for our debate on marriage?

Consider This: Dan Cathy shared that his view of marriage is based on biblical principle. That's his right. He never bashed gay marriage. But his benign comments turned into a firestorm and Cathy was labeled a bigot. What's really concerning is that we are becoming a nation that is not willing to accept that people have differing opinions. That's very scary.

And what politician worth his salt would miss an opportunity to capture some publicity in this moment. Many are claiming that Chick-fil-A's values do not represent the values of their communities including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. I wonder if Rahm is referring to Chicago's values of rampant political corruption or the murder rate that is up more than 26 percent.

Dan Cathy had every right to share his opinion. People who disagree with him have every right not to patronize his stores, or even share a kiss when they do. But most importantly, we should all remember that varying opinions make our country great. We should not stifle opposing views; instead freedom of speech of all viewpoints should be encouraged.

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