Non-violent dissent catch-all
Based on the discussion starting over here:
There's a lot of disagreement over whether it is socially acceptable, ethical, or effective to use the power of ownership to eject a customer from your establishment as an act of protest.
The article that triggered the discussion is:
My take is that it's a complex issue which could do with much discussion; I tend to fall on the side of the storeowner, but it's hard for me to gauge how much of that is schadenfreude. I might just be rationalizing an opinion that I'm holding for the wrong reasons. In any case, my thought is that this *is* an effective means of protest for a number of reasons - it brings attention to the issue of gay rights, shows that the gay community has allies and isn't pushovers (the community still remembers the Stonewall riot), and might, possibly, help a few people to understand what it is they're doing.
More thoughts later.