Many comments responding to Supervisor Canepa’s stand against Chick-fil-A opening in Redwood City try to flip the issue on its head, saying that opposing Chick-fil-A is bigotry, discrimination against religion. It is not. Others claim government is overstepping its bounds. ‘The government’ isn’t doing anything. Others said a company’s or its owner’s political stands shouldn’t matter. They do. Still others said leaders should not take stands on issues like this. Of course they should.
Voicing opposition to or supporting, protesting against or rallying in favor of a cause, are legitimate tools we are blessed with and should use. Also, when we open our wallets we vote with our money. I prefer buying from companies that care about the impacts they have on their workers, the community, the environment and the world and which don’t promote discrimination. According to 2017 tax filings, the Chick-fil-A Foundation gives money to organizations actively fighting against LGBTQ rights, lobbying for anti-LGBTQ laws, openly discriminating against LGBTQ people in services and hiring practices. A portion of every dollar spent at Chick-fil-A goes to anti-LGBTQ causes.
Without leadership, slavery and child labor would be the norm, women would not be able to vote, and LGBTQ people would not have the right to marry. Chick-fil-A opposes marriage equality and other LGBTQ rights, with its voice and with its profits. I urge my neighbors in San Mateo County to vote with their voices, dollars, and actions to support the 60,000 or so LGBTQ+ people who live and work in our county by saying NO to Chick-fil-A opening in Redwood City.