By Charles Hicks
Originally published on Advocate.com July 27 2012 2:17 PM ET
Talk-show host and former New York Governor, Eliot Spitzer, has taken an official stance on Chick-Fil-A.
“I used to love Chick-Fil-A,” he said on his show, Viewpoint, on Thursday. “Their sandwiches were great. Their lemonade was amazing. I’m never going back.”
Spitzer told his guest, Richard Socarides, former LGBT advisor to Bill Clinton, that though Chick-Fil-A has the right to use their money as they choose, consumers also have the right to not support the chicken sandwich restaurant. Chick-Fil-A is under fire for giving millions of dollars to antigay organizations, including at least one considered a "hate" group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The former gov went on to question the longevity of antigay institutions.
“There are some organizations, Chick-Fil-A one, the Boy Scouts another, that seem steadfast in their embrace of the past," Spitzer said. "It makes me wonder whether they will survive into the future."
Socarides agreed: “Much like race was in the '60s and '70s, this issue really matters to people. People want to work for companies that support equality and customers want to be patrons of companies that support equality.”