Folks in this country have their noses way too far into each other's business. I could care less what some television mouthpiece says about a particular issue. 99% of the time, it will have zero bearing on my day-to-day life, my freedoms, my relationship with God, or my long-term happiness. I don't believe any normal citizen can claim that a celebrity's views on homosexuality or any other issue really affects them. We'd be a much happier and polite society if we all gave each other a little breathing room and did our own thing, and ignored 99% of the junk coming over the airwaves. Kind of like blind laws. Everyone needs their 500 yards, and I don't give a d@mn what you do with it so long as it doesn't infringe my ability to enjoy my own.
Obviously, this would be different if the gov't were involved. But we have had zero gov't involvement in this whole charade, and until we do, no one's "rights" have been violated. It's simply an employee-employer relationship that's been dragged out into the limelight. Now I think it was shameless for the GQ reporter to go asking Phil about that particular issue. The entire country knew what a Louisiana good-ole-boy would say about the subject, and he's certainly entitled to it. If A&E feels that their employee's views threaten their ability to sell ad space, then similarly, they're certainly entitled to fire said employee. Time will tell if that was a correct assessment on A&E's part, but I really couldn't care less.