I’m asking this for multiple reasons. First, I’ve received conflicting information on the morality of purchasing from companies that support sin. On one hand I’m told that we aren’t required to boycott; on the other, I’m told that we must avoid remote material cooperation with sin unless there’s a good reason. This has caused me confusion. There’s also the issue of this information pertaining to purchasing food. Currently, I’m concerned with products that would be used for leisure, I’d imagine this scenario would be harder to justify.
So this came up when it dawned on me that the developers of a video game I play support gay marriage. I knew this, gay romance was in the game (only briefly at the end and it was very avoidable), but I realized that this could indicate that my money was going to that cause (they at least advocate for it through their games). At that time I was already researching the morality of purchasing from companies that support sin. I made the assumption that this would be a similar case. Now, I’d normally not be concerned about this. In the case of games that I’ve already purchased, they have already received my money. All I’d have to do is cease buying the new releases. This situation is different because it’s an online game of which I’m a subscriber. As a result, they are receiving my money every month. As I thought about it I figured that playing it was morally neutral. It doesn’t lead me to sin and it doesn’t take up too much of my time. Also my intent isn’t to support gay marriage and I’m not doing anything evil (I think). The only problem is that their are alternative games I could play. Some of which I like equally (from the same company, but I’m not paying them to play it, anymore). So is it morally licit for me to continue playing this game? I have also thought about ending my subscription and playing as a free-to-play player (this is a legitimate option the company allows). This way I could continue to enjoy the game, without the chance of any cooperation with sin. Could this be permissible?