When I learned that upon the merger of Exxon and Mobil, the newly-merged company had decided to “cease offering health-care benefits to its employees’ domestic partners“, I resolved to stop filling up at Exxon or Mobil stations. ExxonMobil is a private company and should have the right to set its own employment policies. I am a private individual and have the right to choose where I buy gas for my car.
In a similar manner, two years ago, a private advocacy outfit, the American Family Association (AFA) announced a boycott of Home Depot, a private company like ExxonMobil, because, unlike said oil company, that home improvement superstore offered benefits to the same-sex partners of its employees. This was not the first time the AFA had tried to boycott a private enterprise offering such benefits. Sixteen years ago, the social conservative group launched a boycott against Disney.
We may not agree with their decision to boycott, but social conservatives should remain free to buy their home improvement supplies where they choose or seek recreation at destinations they select, just as I should be free to buy gas where I want and gay activists should be free to buy fast-food chicken at companies whose presidents have social views not averse to their own.
Interestingly, during all those AFA boycotts, you didn’t once hear a Republican politician try to curry favor with social conservatives by vowing to keep Disney out of his jurisdictions or Home Depots out of her neighborhood. They weren’t trying to impose their social views on the rest of us.
Why do so many liberals turn to government when they want to right something they believe to be wrong?
NB: Tweaked the title so it would more accurately reflect content of post.