There are much more direct and meaningful ways for Americans to express their opinions on the issue, particularly in Maryland, Washington and Maine, three states where voters will decide this year whether to allow same-sex marriages. Voting at the ballot box is much more important than voting at the drive-thru. Meanwhile, a committee drafting planks for the national Democratic platform, to be adopted at the party's convention in Charlotte, has endorsed for the first time the inclusion of a statement of support for gay marriage. That's not a huge leap, given President Barack Obama's recent announcement that he supports marriage equality, but its inclusion would nonetheless be historic. Rather than trying to send a message to a fast food chain, advocates would be better served to urge delegates to the Democratic convention and politicians of both parties to support that plank.