Here's the deal: I believe a business owner has the right to ban anyone they want from their place of business. If they plan on outright banning groups, that's fine, but I believe they most post a statement at every entrance outlining who is banned. If it is company policy, state it up front, right where everyone can see it.
This protects the business owner's free speech, as well as their right to do business only with who they want to. It also gives the public a chance, right up front, to see what kind of person they are doing business with. Me, if you're banning people based on religion, sex, creed, gender, race, disability or sexual orientation, you aren't getting my money or my family's. I will also advise friends and neighbors to avoid your business.
It is a problem that will sort itself out over time. A business will either end up serving a very narrow clientele or will wither on the vine and die for lack of customers by banning others. Not my problem either way.
Where Chik-Fil-A differs here is that while the founder has stated one thing, the company itself has said publicly and profusely that they do not discriminate, but instead just sell chicken sandwiches. One employee, from founder to assistant dishwasher, does not make corporate policy.
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