Preceding his election to the senate, Rand Paul got himself into some hot water for his take on parts of the Civil Rights legislation. I’m paraphrasing, but what he basically said was that “It shouldn’t be illegal for people to be ignorant.”
Private citizens should be allowed to associate with who ever they choose. While he emphasized that he found discrimination horrible, he claimed that society would deal with them appropriately.
I think that this is a perfect example of what he meant:
BOSTON – The mayor of Boston is vowing to block Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant in the city after the company’s president spoke out publicly against gay marriage.
Mayor Thomas Menino told the Boston Herald on Thursday that he doesn’t want a business in the city “that discriminates against a population.”
Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press this week that his privately owned company is “guilty as charged” in support of what he called the biblical definition of the family.
The fast-food chicken sandwich chain later said that it strives to “treat every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.”
Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A has more than 1,600 stores nationwide but just two in Massachusetts, both located in suburban malls.