Let's just add this link to a Comics Alliance interview with the owner of Zeus Comics in Dallas, who says:
Let me pull back for a moment because you're speaking directly to
choice, and I've seen the word "censor" and the phrase "freedom of
speech" bandied about in regards to Orson Scott Card and his
relationship to DC Comics and Superman. Card can say, write, blog,
advocate whatever he wants. That does not mean that speech comes
consequence free. Free speech and censorship relate to a government and
its citizens. It does not directly apply to businesses and their
relationships. Your employer decides your dress code, your hours, your
work ethic and in particular the things you can and can not say to your
peers or the business' customers. Businesses decide whether or not to
hire or fire folks based on things discovered on their Facebook page,
Twitter feed, even their appearance.
Now, Card has said some venomous things about the LGBT community and he
advocates such through his relationship with NOM. In the same way Nike
can drop Lance Armstrong because of his potential to hurt their brand,
DC can drop Card because his hate speech towards a group is damaging to
DC Comics and Superman. Card is contracted to write a Superman story. DC
is under no obligation to publish or print that story in part or in
whole. DC will edit that story, ask for rewrites and often dictate the
content. For example, DC would not let Card's Superman drop the F-Bomb.
Is it censorship of Card's story? It isn't. Its not Card's story. Its
DC's story. They hired him and they can decide what to publish. Is it
censorship if Zeus Comics decides not to carry the comic? It isn't. Each
month, when ordering products through Diamond, I am making a decision
whether or not to carry a comic based on values, quality of work, and
its ability to sell. That's not censorship, that's capitalism.
Also, in print publishing, the comic shop is DC's customer. It's
completely within our right to ask DC to remove Card and/or provide us
with a product we can sell. If a writer's personal opinions are so
contrary to my audience's values, their work won't sell. The coverage
this last week about Card's near two decades of outspoken anti-gay
bigotry and anti-gay activism have made Orson Scott Card toxic to Zeus'
customers. In the end, it's really Card's outspoken animus for gay
people that made the decision.