cthulu2016 (3,440 posts)
ACLU: Blocking Chick-fil-A unconstitutional Viewpoint Discrimination
Last edited Sat Jul 28, 2012, 04:44 PM USA/ET - Edit history (1)
I am posting this because the ACLU is right, and it is important for folks to understand why they are right.
"Viewpoint Discrimination" is an important concept.
-Can a town in Alabama deny business permits to a Disney store because Disney provides partner benefits to gay employees?
-Can a zoning board in Texas allow construction of churches but block construction of mosques?
-Can a state require that candidates take The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag in order to be on the ballot?
Although the ACLU strongly supports same-sex marriage, a senior attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois warned that if Chicago bans Chick-fil-A over the religious views of its management, it will be engaging in "viewpoint discrimination," Fox News reported Thursday.
“The government can regulate discrimination in employment or against customers, but what the government cannot do is to punish someone for their words,” said ACLU senior attorney Adam Schwartz. “When an alderman refuses to allow a business to open because its owner has expressed a viewpoint the government disagrees with, the government is practicing viewpoint discrimination,” he added.
Chicago Alderman Proco Joe Moreno said he intends to block the chain from opening its second Chicago location over president Dan Cathy's position on gay marriage. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel supports Moreno's position.
Schwartz explained to Fox that "if a government can exclude a business for being against same-sex marriage, it can also exclude a business for being in support of same-sex marriage."
Read more: http://www.examiner.com/article/aclu...discrimination
UPDATE: As Prosense helpfuly notes below, Alderman Moreno and Mayor Emmanuel have since backed off their position, saying that Chick-fil-a would be treated the same as any other business seeking to open a location in Chicago.