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Poll: Should Companies be Boycotted for the Political Views of Their Execs?

Chick-fil-A CEO’s comments against gay marriage became a big issue, and now Amazon's Jeff Bezos has contributed millions to support same-sex marriage.

When Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy recently said, “We are very much supportive of the family—the biblical definition of the family unit,” he stirred the pot on gay marriage.

The CEO's statements ignited strong reactions, like that of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino who said he plans to block the restaurant from opening in the city.

Now, Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, has put the money behind his support of same sex marriage. He donated $2.5 million to defend Washington state's same-sex marriage law.

What do you think? Should people and even governments boycott the chain because of the company's political views?

Michael J Benn August 02, 2012 at 02:25 PM
The people can do what they want (with regard to boycotts), although I will always make my spending decisions based on the value of the product or service, not political views of the owners. Government, on the other hand CANNOT boycott a business because of the owners political views. This is prohibited by the Constitution, and it was the attempted government boycott by Mayors (and others) across the country that sparked the Chick Fil-A Day of Support. I have seen folks try to spin the Day of Support as something sinister. These people are either misinformed or simply dishonest. The Day of Support was all about defending the Constitution, and specifically the Bill of Rights. I will continue to do business with Chick Fil-A AND Amazon, as long as their products and services are worth their prices.
Helen Halloran August 02, 2012 at 03:12 PM
People can boycott any business for any reason. That's what makes this a free country. As a business owner I do not express my political or religious views publicly because it's nobody's business but mine, and because I choose not to offend potential customers. That's my choice.
Bill Montague August 09, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Hi Folks, Well I express my views on any subject that is of interest to me, regardlesss of what someone may think - or worry about a business "boycott." You might like to consider the opposite to boycott, perhaps they would come to your place of business because they agree with your point of view! Well food for thought as they say. Cheers! Bill Montague

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