Here's a post about the chicken restaurant with the homophobic, nasty CEO. It's a smart post, way better than anything I could write. I thought some of you might want to see it, too.
There are a number of businesses in my area that have donated in big ways to people who want to cut my wages or who say nasty things about educators and glbtq folks. I figure they don't need my business, and try alternatives.
Some folks I know think that avoiding such businesses is unfair, or mean, or somehow limits the CEO's free speech. It doesn't. For one thing, I have a limited budget to spend on things. I get to choose how to spend my money, though given my limited budget I doubt the businesses notice that I'm not doing business with them. And when someone in town supports unions and says so publicly, I figure they're likely paying their workers fairly, and I want to do business with them.
I'm also not the government, and so the first amendment isn't something that applies to me in terms of limiting someone else's free speech. What I can't do is arrest you, try you, sentence you.
While I'm at it today, let me say that I'm sick to death of subsidizing religious organizations with MY taxes (supplying them with roads, fire departments, police protection, etc.) while they try to limit my right to privacy and religious freedom. It's time for religious organizations to pay their share of real estate taxes, payroll taxes, and social security.