Found the best way to sum up what happened yesterday, via a Facebook comment:
NOTE: I support civil unions but not same sex marriage. In several states, civil unions offer the same legal rights as marriages. By offering same-sex civil unions, it would not violate the Christian view of traditional marriage, seeing as the union is not called marriage. However, I agree with the following comments that the person below has made. As a libertarian-leaning liberal, even though I don’t agree with same-sex marriage, I feel that states should decide the issue, and that all citizens should have equal rights, per the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. Just because a group doesn’t approve of something doesn’t mean that rights of any citizens should be violated in the process. If a state chooses legalization, then leave the state alone. If a state bans it, also leave the state alone.
Let me be clear, I HAVE NOT boycotted Chick-fil-A because of company President Dan Cathy’s comments on marriage equality. I HAVE boycotted Chick-fil-A because Dan Cathy has used profits from Chick-fil-A to donate five million dollars to organizations that advocate criminalizing gay people, denying gay people the ability to serve in the military, the right to marry, depicting gay people as pedophiles, making it okay to fire gay people, denying gay parents access to their own children, denying children of gay couples the protection that comes from having both parents recognized as having responsibility for that child, treating gay people as broken, along with a host of other oppressive initiatives. Yesterday, thousands of Americans packed into Chick-fil-A’s, many seeking only delicious chicken, but many others went to show their support of these anti-gay initiatives. I worry for what that says about us as a nation. I fail to understand how denying anyone their human right to marry, to serve their country, to be a parent, or simply to exist free of discrimination can be justified by ANY means, especially in a country founded on the principle of the separation of church and state. Just because one group does not approve of another’s lifestyle does not grant them the right to deny the other their rights as equal citizens, and I will defend this view as long as I live.