In descending order of importance.
1) Freedom of conscience, expression. The reason Boston, Chicago, and possibly Philly have threatened to ban Chik-Fil-A is because the owner had the audacity to express a belief that they find unfashionable. Seems Chicago values, Boston values, and Philly values don’t include tolerance or freedom of expression.*
2) I support traditional marriage. If a guy is getting persecuted for supporting a belief that is written into the very fabric of our beings as men and women, a belief that has been held since the dawn of human relations by every civilized culture, I’ll support him. Note, please that “I support traditional marriage” and “I hate gays” are very different statements. Don’t confuse them if you wish to engage in civil or intelligent discourse.
3) It’s tasty chicken. Since I was a kid and the Chick-Fil-A in the mall would pass out free samples of their chicken I’ve always liked their sammiches. So it was an easy decision to make. 35-minute drive, then a 30-minute wait in the drive-through line, with a totally packed dining room, but totally worth it. (And, for the record, the manager who was manning the drive-through window reported that yes, they were running out of some items when we went through at 8:30 p.m., in spite of getting a truck in with supplies at 2 p.m.)
*Note that number one did not mention what the unfashionable belief is? That’s because it doesn’t actually matter. In our system, if you disagree with the business model of a company you can vote with your dollars—don’t go there! But this push to use the power of government to punish people who merely express what some believe to be an unfasionable opinion is thoroughly unAmerican and sets a very dangerous precedent.