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Chick-Fil-A Fallout: Gay Rights Group Plans National ‘Kiss-In’ Day

Chick-Fil-A Kiss-In

Gay rights group Equality Illinois is organizing a “Kiss-in” at Chick-Fil-A restaurants nation-wide in response to the statements by CEO Dan Cathy, who confessed he was “guilty as charged” when asked about his “support of the traditional family.”

CBS News reports that Cathy’s statement in a recent interview was:

“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. We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”

The fall out from the Chick-Fil-A CEO’s statement has been widespread, with people like Mike Huckabee joining in support with the company, but gay and lesbian rights groups urging people to boycott the restaurant for their lack of equality.

While the company itself has attempted to backtrack from Cathy’s comments, saying that they strive to “treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender,” their attempts have been unsuccessful.

Equality Illinois has dubbed their campaign “Flick-the-Hate,” and the group is also urging people to sign a petition that will be geared toward universities and malls that host Chick-Fil-A restaurants. The group stated:

“As we challenge the company’s anti-LGBT policies, we must also ask these universities and mall owners why they want to do business with a company that holds up hate as a family value.”

Chick-Fil-A National Kiss-In

A Facebook group has since been created with the title “National Same Sex Kiss Day At Chick Fil A,” and describes itself by saying:

“Unless you’ve been living under a rock this week you’ll have noticed that Chick Fil A has officially come out against the LGBTQ community. (For those of you who have been living under a rock, or just want to read it again, here’s the article http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-chick-fil-a-gay-marriage-20120719,0,5713061.story)

“In honor of their support for love, equality, and the real definition of family, we’re holding a NATIONAL Same Sex Kiss Day at Chick Fil A’s around the country. So grab a friend (or 20) and head out to your nearest Chick Fil A! And don’t forget to post photos/videos of it here! For all the world to see!”

CBS Local notes that Equality Illinois is also urging that people make August 1 an “Eat For Love” day, where participants eat at restaurants that openly support gay marriage. They are asking that participants post where they are planning to stage their “kiss-in” protests, and to also send pictures.

Equality Illinois states that at the “kiss-in,” “LGBT supporters will show their disdain for Chick-Fil-A’s policies with public displays of affection in front of their restaurants.”

Do you think that staging a “kiss-in” to protest Chick-Fil-A’s stance on gay marriage will be effective?

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45 Responses to “Chick-Fil-A Fallout: Gay Rights Group Plans National ‘Kiss-In’ Day”

  1. Michael Flagg

    Heterphobes united in hatred and intolerance….yeah, that's a good thing.

  2. Tony Palmisano

    Not believing in gay marriage is not hate
    It is simply a belief in what it values
    Each person has a right to their own belief based on values they hold close
    To get angry a someone who shares his belief because they are different than yours is to be guilty of what you are accusing him of
    I live and value all people but do not believe what everyone else believes

  3. Laurie Callahan

    The LGBTs certainly are HATEFUL and controlling. Can't they allow Christians to live their own lives?

  4. Harvey Lain

    No it won't be effective at all, it's just going to disgust a lot of people. Besides, Chik-Fil-A's are having such good business because of all of this that there may not be enough room for the protestors.

  5. Roman McCoy

    The Gay Rights Agenda will not hurt Chick-Fil-a. Makes me want to support them more for standing up for their values. I love gay people. I have numerous gay friends and mentor several gay children. They know I love them. I don't support their lifestyle. It is un natural and is harmful to their body, mind and soul.

  6. Karen Waters

    I believe that we are called to honor the Lord our God above anyone or anything, for we were all created by Him and for Him. When we truly love God, we will also love others, and that means to tell them the truth. Jesus stood up for the truth and look where it took Him, so we must be ready to stand against opposition. Romans chapter one is very clear on what God says about the "issue" and His word will stand forever!

  7. Anonymous

    An in-your-face "kiss in" will just expose the radical, obtrusive agenda of activist homosexuals even more. Mayor Mumbles has already realized the fascist nature of his "ban" on a business for ideological motivation and has back-peddled. Activist homosexuals are not even THAT smart. Imagine that. Being intellectually bested by Mayor Mumbles.

    Bring it on.

  8. Corinne Swanson

    "Each person has a right to their own belief based on values they hold close."
    That also means that the LGBT community has the right to live their lives by their values, without hatred and discrimination from others, wouldn't you agree?
    This isn't about Chick-Fil-A "not believing in gay marriage". This is about the owners of Chick-Fil-A actively working against the LGBT community by donating millions of dollars to organizations that fight against same-sex marriage and treat homosexuality as a disease that should be treated with therapy.
    People are not angry because Chick-Fil-A has different values. People are angry because the Chick-Fil-A owners are using their beliefs, and profit money made from the general public, to attack an entire community of people.

  9. Anonymous

    Likewise, my best friend, the one I spend the most time with outside of my family, is homosexual. I have several friends with same-sex attraction and can attest to the destructive mindset and world view that accompanies it. It is not just characterized by a sexual affinity for the same sex, but by a total sexual libertinism that recognized no borders, not ethics at all in the realm of sexuality.

  10. Anonymous

    Corinne Swanson
    You know what, Corinne? Pro-homosexual groups give many multiple hundreds of times the amount that Chick-fil-A and other conservative and Christian groups give to advance their beliefs. So, if you're looking for some semblance of balance here, then you are sorely mistaken. And it's a cop-out to say that you are not angry because of CFA's beliefs, this is the very core of the issue. You are livid that someone anywhere could DARE be against sodomy and the state's blessing of it. Beliefs are only valid and valuable as we have the right to LIVE THEM OUT tangibly in everyday life and, yes, in politics.

  11. Corinne Swanson

    Sorry, magnum62, my mother told me never to talk to trolls. I'd like to give you a hug and sit down with you in real life so we could actually have an intelligent discussion. You might learn a thing or two.

  12. Roman McCoy

    I agree; with one caviat. That behind the truth is filtered with love, compassion and no judgement, with an offering of a hand and a heart to walk with them all the way to the arms of thier savior.

  13. Anonymous

    Corinne Swanson Liberal companies give billions to pro-homosexual groups every year. Yet, you don't see Christians saying that gays shouldn't be allowed to work. What Boston's mayor is essentially saying is that Christians should not be allowed to work. They should just die. If you can't see that, or the hate of liberals, I feel sorry for you.

  14. Corinne Swanson

    Okay, first of all, "Christian" and "against homosexuality" are NOT synonymous. There are many many Christians and churches who love and accept gays and lesbians for who they are. So stop making this a "crusade against Christianity" when you only represent a fraction of the Church.
    And I don't recall Boston's mayor ever saying anything about Christians dying or not being allowed to work. What he is saying is that an organization that donates money to the organizations that treat gays and lesbians as inhuman, disgusting creatures that molest children and should either repent or die is not welcome in his city. Should Chick-Fil-A stop their attacks on the LGBT community, I'm sure that they would be most welcome in Boston. But what CFA is endorsing is called hate speech, and that is what the Boston mayor and I am against. And the LGBT organizations (or "pro-homosexual groups") aren't going around saying that opponents of same-sex marriage are "disgusting", "sinners", "should go to hell", etc, OR trying to prevent straight people from having the basic human rights granted to everyone.

  15. Hannah Deeter

    Corinne Swanson: Trolls? Really? "My mother told me never to talk to trolls." LOL what a stupid thing to stay. Maybe if you read some books you might learn a thing or two. (Like that trolls aren't real) And why do they gays expect us to be tolerant when they're not? Kind of ironic if you ask me. If they were tolerant they wouldn't even be doing their "PDA at Chick-fil-a"

  16. Chris Sangster

    Hannah Deeter : Congratulations on finally getting the internet!!! Welcome to the rest of the world!!! Now I'm just guessing that this is maybe your 4th or 5th day on the internet, but after the first week, you'll find it much more enjoyable! All you need to do is keep in mind that the "tubes" of the internet travel this entire planet, so you are bound to come across a view that doesn't quite match up with yours. Thank you ever so much for gracing us with your presence!

  17. Corinne Swanson

    I second Chris Sangster. And also, how is "PDA at Chick-fil-a" not tolerant? Are they harassing or condemning straight people? Nope, they're just showing the world how much they love their significant other. Please explain to me how that is being intolerant.

  18. Vicky Walter Stanislaw

    If I protested everything that I didn't agree with I would never get anything done…. First I have a job and don't have the time to protest…. People have a right to there own beliefs just because they don't agree with you doesn't make them bad people…. People need to stop worrying so much what people say and stop taking everything so personal.

  19. Vaya Viya

    What an ugly mask we wear when mocked ignorance or intolerance is commonplace in dealing with complex issues in public scenarios. We pretend like we're stupid and play out stereotypes.

    Whether you like it or not it is 'legal' to descriminate against homosexuals in many ways, including employment.

    basis for condemnation comes from books on spirituality, normally from social times where human rights on the whole were terrible. should we really look to Hesus's supposedly transcribed (by many hands and languages) diatribes on homosexuality as the verbatim word of a universal creator? That is dangerous madness.

    the chick-fil-a thing is an old man clinging to a world that's changed and that must upset him sufficiently to try shape outcome for people long after he passes.

    What goal of God will be advanced by the persecution of a subset of the population? have people not used similar excuses to launch attacks on intraspecial groups in the past? How can you wield such blind punishment and continue to look at the sky?

  20. Barbara Ann Bigford Turner

    If Chik-Fil-A were only about making money, they would thank all of you who want to protest for the added business they are getting. Of course, they already stay very busy, because their food and service are just that good. However, I'm amazed that you tell hetersexuals that they must not discriminate, but allow homosexuals to live according to your beliefs, but you jump all over hetersexuals who are just living by their beliefs. I don't see anyone staging huge protests against Ben & Jerry's or other companies who give money to proleftist groups, but just because a company supports family values, they are terrible. By the way, if people were always against the family, you wouldn't be here to protest. Like it or not, a child is still made by a man and a woman, and unless you plan to create all children in laboratories, you better just accept it. Oh well, so much for the left being the tolerant ones! Refusing to allow a business its free enterprise rights and staging protests sounds like acts of hate to me. I guess that would make all of you who support that type of thing a part of the certain type of group to which you say pro-family groups belong!

  21. Takbir Bey

    My thing is "IF THEY DON'T WANT OR LIKE YOU THERE, GO TO CHURCHES OR POPEYES INSTEAD"….

  22. Harvey Lain

    More people are angry because the GLBT's are trying to deny a business owner his constitutional right to free speech. You are right, the LGBT community has the right to live their lives by their values without hatred or discrimination from others. Those of us who are NOT GLBT have the same rights also and should not have to have your agenda shoved into our faces several times a day. You represent less then 10% of the population. If you keep it up at the present rate I see a backlash coming that you are REALLY not going to like .READ THE SIGNS. By the way, I am in no way religous so don't bother going there.

  23. Patty O'Furniture

    You know what the Baptist groups should do when the sodomites and lesbians show up to do this? They ought to form a human chain around the establishments with their back to those people. That would be something.

  24. Hannah Deeter

    Chris Sangster: Well, aren't you so cool with your sarcasm? Thankyou for enlightening me about the how the internet works. I really appreciate it!

  25. Hannah Deeter

    I went to Chick-fil-a today and there were NO gays whatsoever. It was packed. I had to wait 30 minutes in line to get my food but it was definately worth it.

  26. Sam Hodson

    Listen to you people!!! The CEO had no reason to randomly come out and make the statement he did!! It is in nobody's place to judge us gay people! Only gods and it states he loves all his children! Did you ever think that gays believe in God as well and attend church! Yes we all have our own beliefs but its a new generation! Learn to be a little more excepting!! It's a new generation ever realize that or are we stuck back in the 40's! Sincerely A Proud Lesbian!!

  27. Tara Mateyko

    sam i still love u no matter what ur still one of mine always . ive learnd long time ago god dont judge people do an it will never change . thats one of my tats im going to get real soon . love ya keep ur head on

  28. Tara Mateyko

    sam i still love u no matter what ur still one of mine always . ive learnd long time ago god dont judge people do an it will never change . thats one of my tats im going to get real soon . love ya keep ur head on

  29. Katie Hacker

    what happened to being sighted for indecent behavior when people do stuff like this?