Is it right to be fired for voicing your opinion against gay marriage?
Obviously so as Damian Goddard was fired last week for showing his support against gay marriage.
Goddard tweeted in support of Burlington hockey agent Todd Reynolds over his stance that Sean Avery’s view on same sex marriage was “very sad” and “wrong”. Goddard tweeted:
I completely and wholeheartedly support Todd Reynolds and his support for the traditional and TRUE meaning of marriage
I can see how those who are seeking same sex marriage would oppose his stance, but is it right for someone to be fired for their opinion?
While I agree with Goddard, I understand why the business did it. The business world has to do what ever it needs to do to protect its image in order to continue to make money. If the companies image is tarnished, it can have serious ramifications, including the closing of the business. Business will align itself the best way it sees fit in order to stay profitable. I understand why Rogers Sportnet sought to terminate the contract with Goddard, even though I think they were wrong in doing so.
I would fully support his termination if he made a comment in which he referred to someone who is gay in a derogatory manner as I would if he would have made a racist or sexist comment. This was not a derogatory comment though. This was a man expressing his religious view on the issue of marriage. I understand that those who support this stance could be offended by his opinion, but should they bully the company in to firing an employee? Would the reaction be the same if someone spoke against the catholic faith? If the comment was made that someone supports the TRUE meaning of religion, would they be fired? This is my problem with the double standard in the ability to share your opinion.