Today massive amounts of people ran to Chick-Fil-A to order (an admittedly delicious) chicken sandwich and show their support for a company that they think is being discriminated against or persecuted.
Chick-Fil-A has not, in any way, fashion, or form been discriminated against or persecuted against because people chose to boycott them over their CEO's son's incredibly stupid business moves. Dan Cathy has every fucking right in the world to be the biggest bigoted homophobe bastard he wants to be. He has every fucking right in the world to broadcast that fact on every media outlet he can find to broadcast it. No one is denying him that right. No one issued a warrant for his arrest, closed his very popular food chain, fined him, or infringed on his 1st Amendment rights whatsoever. Dan Cathy has exercised his free speech.....
And those boycotting Chick-Fil-A have exercised theirs.
Whether the boy-cotter's simply didn't realize that Chick-Fil-A was a conservative Christian owned chain (really though?? They are the ONLY fast food chain that isn't open on Sunday), they didn't automatically assume that the owners were bigots simply because they were Christian (which is idealistic and sweet, please don't let these douchbags take away your rosy outlook on life), or they knew that they were conservative Christian and probably privately held bigoted beliefs but didn't realize they translated those beliefs in to the donation of huge portions of their profits into several organizations that actively (and successfully), TRULY persecute and discriminate against gay people (including the Family Research Council, which has been officially deemed a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center) doesn't matter. Dan Cathy let his self-righteous sense of superiority override his good business sense and let the cat out of the bag. And the people that feel strongly about marriage equality, and equal rights and just treatment for all homosexuals have decided that they don't want to continue to give money to a bigot who is just going to turn around and give that money to lobbyists that write and fund legislation that keeps homosexuals as second-class citizens.
The 1st Amendment protects your right to free speech; it does not protect you from the civil consequences of that speech. (Just ask the Dixie Chicks.)
Chick-Fil-A's rights have not been infringed upon IN ANY FUCKING WAY.