Debate continues over Chick-fil-A's stance on gay marriage

Debate continues over Chick-fil-A's stance on gay marriage
Dan Cathy, President and COO of Chick-fil-A
Dan Cathy, President and COO of Chick-fil-A

WESTERN HILLS (FOX19) - It's been an unprecedented week at Chick-fil-A.

First a boycott, then an anti-boycott, and then a 'kiss-in' on Friday evening. There has been plenty of attention from both sides of the issue.

It's no secret Chick-fil-A backs Christian values, as it's always been closed on Sundays.

But, how did all this start? In a newspaper called 'The Baptist Press', Dan Cathy, who runs Chick-fil-A after his father founded it, said on July 16th:

"We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give god thanks for that."

This comment has led to many gay and lesbian groups all across the country protesting the restaurant. Several have even played off Chick-fil-A's advertising slogans with signs like: "Eat lez bigotry", "I love gay chickens" and "Tastes like hate".

Adam Hoover, of Marriage Quality Ohio, conveyed, "I don't support what he says, but I do believe that each person has the right to freedom of speech. We have a wide population from all walks of life, and people are gonna get offended and people are gonna support what some people say. You know, I believe the big issue comes from all the money they've donated to not supporting us".

With signs like "kiss for equality" and "no hate", Hoover says it is possible to be gay and a Christian.

Another protestor said, "Places that diligently try to stop equal rights in marriage... Organizations like that...  He's not gonna get my money no more".

Chick-fil-A's "Appreciation Day" held on Wednesday was another story.

People "flocked" to Chick-fil-A's all across the nation, including the Western Hills location.

One man in line on Wednesday said, "Someone should be able to say whatever they feel like saying in this country"

On the other side of the debate, demonstrators planned a same-sex 'Kiss Day' at Chick-fil-A's across the country on Friday evening, with the Western Hills location being no exception.

The kiss-in was a direct response to Wednesday's outpouring of support for the conservative food chain.

Activists concede that Cathy has a right to express his opinion, but say with his millions of dollars in donations to anti-gay organizations, he should get to know the people those organizations hurt.

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