Gay marriage opponents turning their noses at Happy Meals?

Apparently some groups of gay marriage opponents have announced a boycott of McDonald’s. Something tells me that won’t last, particularly if their kids keep begging them for Happy Meals or a little time at the Golden Arches’ playgrounds. It makes me sad to think how parents will explain to their children that they cannot go to McDonald’s (hopefully not "because Mommy and Daddy don’t want other children to have two Daddies or two Mommies"). Ick, ick, ick.

Here’s one (kind of funnily-put) line from the Washington Post article:

"We’re saying that there are people who support AFA who don’t appreciate their dollars from the hamburgers they bought being put into an organization that’s going to fight against the values they believe in," Tim Wildmon, the association’s president, said yesterday.

Then there is the McDonald’s quote, which I like:

"Hatred has no place in our culture," McDonald’s USA spokesman Bill Whitman said. "That includes McDonald’s, and we stand by and support our people to live and work in a society free of discrimination and harassment."

You can read the full article on the Washington Post’s web site (you may need a free registration to view the whole article, which I recommend). Also, I am now feeling inclined to post some of my photos from Chicago Gay Pride here on MSP. Coming soon…

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.

  • Chris

    I have to tell you about an experience I recently had within my own family. My Parents moved out of the town I grew up in years ago and have settled in an upscale community down south. While they were still up north, their views were quite open about sexual orientation of others. I won’t say they were openly for it, but they understood that it had it’s place in today’s society. They had many gay friends and never spoke bad about them.

    Over the last few years, they have become more and more involved with the church, and to be more specific…a church community/town of sorts. Their views slowly started to change on a number of topics. I recently had a some conversations with my Mother about how she would feel if an openly gay couple moved into her neighborhood. She opposed it so much that it turned into an all out argument. “It is evil…it is wrong!”

    Now, I am a heterosexual married man with two young children and I have to say that I was extremly saddened by these comments. I am still struggling with the fact that my own parents have dropped to this level. In one of the conversations, I asked how they would feel if one of their grandchildren was gay. “We would do our best to change their ways.”

    It has been a few weeks since these arguments, and I still find them hard to swallow. I’ve always prided myself on being extremely open to all races, religions, and sexual orientations. I love all people, and I wish everyone else could do the same.

    Chris.

  • Chris

    I have to tell you about an experience I recently had within my own family. My Parents moved out of the town I grew up in years ago and have settled in an upscale community down south. While they were still up north, their views were quite open about sexual orientation of others. I won’t say they were openly for it, but they understood that it had it’s place in today’s society. They had many gay friends and never spoke bad about them.

    Over the last few years, they have become more and more involved with the church, and to be more specific…a church community/town of sorts. Their views slowly started to change on a number of topics. I recently had a some conversations with my Mother about how she would feel if an openly gay couple moved into her neighborhood. She opposed it so much that it turned into an all out argument. “It is evil…it is wrong!”

    Now, I am a heterosexual married man with two young children and I have to say that I was extremly saddened by these comments. I am still struggling with the fact that my own parents have dropped to this level. In one of the conversations, I asked how they would feel if one of their grandchildren was gay. “We would do our best to change their ways.”

    It has been a few weeks since these arguments, and I still find them hard to swallow. I’ve always prided myself on being extremely open to all races, religions, and sexual orientations. I love all people, and I wish everyone else could do the same.

    Chris.