State Action and Duck Dynasty

I've never watched Duck Dynasty. But apparently one of the stars said something offensive about gays and was essentially fired. Some people were upset and cited his free speech rights. Others pointed out that the First Amendment only forbids government censorship. In this case, that's right, but it's a bit more complicated than that simple answer. (My South Carolina friends may remember the very similar Maurice's BBQ / grocery store ban controversy.) I wrote a post awhile back that explains my thinking on this and why understanding the complexity of the problem reveals more depth in our law and politics.