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Gay Rights Activists Plan Chick-fil-A ’Kiss In’

Friday Aug 3, 2012

ATLANTA (AP) - Gay rights activists and other supporters of marriage equality planned a national "Kiss In" at Chick-fil-A restaurants Friday to protest the fast-food chain owners' opposition to same-sex unions.

Participants are encouraged to come to the fast-food chains and kiss a fellow demonstrator of the same sex. One organizer, Carly McGehee of Dallas, said she hopes the event helps gay youths "who feel isolated and are victims of bullying."

"Without question, Dan Cathy has every right to voice his opinions and beliefs," Herndon Graddick, president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, said in a statement.

"But he should meet and get to know the people that he's speaking out against - the people who are harmed by his company's multi-million dollar donations to anti-gay hate groups working to hurt everyday LGBT Americans and break apart loving families," Graddick said.

"LGBT" is an abbreviation for "lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender."

The gatherings come two days after hundreds of thousands of customers, many of them conservative Christians, recognized "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" at more than 1,600 locations.

The company said in a statement the turnout Wednesday made for "an unprecedented day," although it says it doesn't release exact sales numbers.

"The Chick-fil-A culture and 66-year-old service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect - regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender," the statement said.

Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy stirred the controversy when he told a religious publication last month that the company was "guilty as charged" for backing "the biblical definition of a family."

In a later radio interview, Cathy said: "I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.'"

The Southern Baptist Cathy family has long been known for using biblical principles to operate its business, including never opening the company's stores on Sundays.

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  • jose luis , 2012-08-03 12:00:33

    Doesn’t anyone think this is going to far? This has turned into nothing but making gays look like bullys.

  • , 2012-08-03 13:32:44

    I absolutely agree! Its frustrating CFA is doing this and it is complete stupidity for hucklebee to dedicate a support CFA day and is just as stupid to have the come back of kiss in day. Both sides in either case are absolutley ridiculous! Who the hell cares!! You be straight, I be gay, you eat at CFA, I eat at arbys, and everyone move forward!!

  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-08-03 15:38:11

    Well, if you think about it when was the last time you’ve actually heard gay bullies used in a sentence? You folks are right though.

  • Bomonghani, 2012-08-03 16:48:33

    What admits me is that this will most likely do nothing more than bring even more business to CFA... Seriously... I don’t feel comfortable with public acts of affection, but I’ve considered going, if only to watch this idiocy...

  • , 2012-08-03 20:40:59

    Yeah, this is pretty stupide. I think it does more to hurt us than help.

  • , 2012-08-03 20:55:00

    Hmm I’m not sure a kiss in will do anything, id rather people just wouldn’t eat there.

  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-08-03 22:07:40

    All it really does is makes me think of Goldie, Joanne Worley, Lilly, Dan, Ruth and Artie... Sock it to me, baby.

  • , 2012-08-03 22:21:40

    Let’s not go where we are not wanted. It’s dumb to aggravate the hate.

  • KB20, 2012-08-04 14:08:11

    While the intention is well placed, I think they’re starting to take thigs a bit far. Yes, we know he doesn’t support same sex- this isn’t goong to change his mind. If anything it might make him more anti-gay as groups keep attacking him and the franchise. He knows the stance people have against him, why not let it be! He can have his own opinion.

  • , 2012-08-05 07:22:46

    They are wrong anyways! It says remember the Sabbeth and keep it holy! That would be Saturdays the 7th day of the week held by 7th day Adventists! Which is Saturday the 7th day of the week so they are going against the Bible anyways

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