We've gotten to the point where office-holding politicians in Boston and Chicago are declaring that a business will be denied business permits, based on the owner's Christian beliefs and legal donations to advance the same.
The Chick-fil-A restaurant chain has come increasingly under fire from pro-gay marriage advocates since the revelation that the chain's president and owner, Dan Cathy, has donated to groups that are anti-gay marriage. Most of these actions have been in the private sphere, ranging from informal boycotts to the formal severing of a business relationship by the Jim Henson Company.
This is something different. Here we have two government officials openly expressing interest in denying equal opportunity access based upon legal speech with which they disagree, against the directives of federal and respective state constitutions and local law. There have been no allegations that Chick-fil-A discriminates against gays as corporate policy through refusal of service, refusal to hire, or other disparate treatment. Likewise, there have there been no statement by that company which can be perceived as attempts to thwart gay marriage benefits guaranteed by Massachusetts or Illinois legislatures.