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Chick-Fil-A Gives Free Food To Gay Marriage Supporters

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Chick-Fil-A’s gay marriage stance was the center of a huge food fight in the US last summer as CEO Dan Cathy made some comments about marriage equality that sat quite poorly with supporters but rallied same-sex marriage opponents to flood their restaurants in “appreciation.”

Eventually, the Chick-Fil-A gay marriage controversy died down, but the debate remains — eventually, it played out again, most recently on Facebook when users in the millions changed their profile avatar to the Facebook red equal sign in a show of solidarity for marriage equality.

As the marriage equality debate seems to shift and grow and change, the Chick-Fil-A gay marriage debate remains a tiny footnote. And while the chance is minimal we will reach a point of agreement in public sentiment any time soon, some of the more touching moments of the debate came when people seemingly of one side reached out with messages of support or understanding for the other.

A California Chick-Fil-A outlet did just that this week, passing out coupons for free food to supporters of marriage equality at a rally in the state. Corey Braun, who owns the Rancho Cucamonga Chick-Fil-A, later said that he wants everyone to know the chain doesn’t hate or discriminate, despite the controversy.

Braun said:

“I wanted to show that Chick-fil-A doesn’t discriminate against anybody. We serve everyone. We’re happy to serve the community and this was an opportunity to have this group come in and show them our hospitality regardless of their beliefs, sexual orientation, or whatever.”

Eden Anderson heads up a local LGBT group, and said that Braun’s support was “surreal.” Anderson explained:

“We got quiet and we were listening, and with some skepticism. But really, what I experienced with the community, is when people are open and apologetic and accepting, it’s touching to us.”

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Anderson continued:

“What I experienced with the community, is when people are open and apologetic and accepting, it’s touching to us. It feels like acceptance and we just want to be accepted and engaged in society, so when it’s confirmed, I think the overall reaction was, yes, certainly that Chick-fil-A in Rancho Cucamonga is welcoming to us. ”

Does the actions of the California Chick-Fil-A change your mind on their gay marriage position?

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25 Responses to “Chick-Fil-A Gives Free Food To Gay Marriage Supporters”

  1. Patrick Frye

    This was actually Chick-fil-A's normal response during that Chick-fil-A support event last year. They want to publicly disagree but not be overtly hostile at the same time.

  2. Abby Heit

    Free food doesn't change what anti-gay "charities" their billion-dollar organization supports…of course they still want your business. The food is good and if they give it to you for free, you'll be hooked. If they act nice and keep you as a customer, they keep getting your money. But then they turn around and use their money to support causes you disagree with. That's the problem I have with it.

  3. Chrissy Stewart

    They don't discriminate against because they want you to be a patron. It's where the money is going, the owner's(CEO) pocket and where he sees fit where to spend…to support Pro "Christian" groups, ones that don't support gay marriage. You may love the person working there, or owning the franchise but the money still flows to the top and then to causes that are against what one stands for or against. Whatever, it's not in your best interest to spend your money there or you support their beliefs and you do spend your money there. Very simply put, if you choose to mix business with your beliefs then you will attract and lost support. It's commendable, but expect to feel the reprecussions whether good or bad.

  4. Jo Wilson Pegues

    Marriage is between one man and one woman. My mind was made up when I read the creation that took place in the garden of Eden….I do not hate homosexuals…I hate the sin as well as people living together without being married. I love all people but not sin.

  5. Patty Snyder

    Isn't that what most groups do. The government does it all the time with my taxes. Business and celebs are scared to death to say what they really believe because they think it will hurt them financially. No guts to stand up for what they truely believe. (Mark)

  6. Eva Parks David

    I so agree with you Jo. (T Bible indicates that if a person is not born again, they cannot see the Kindom of God, and the natural mind cannot comperhend the things of the Spirit. If I thought the Lord has ever said in his Word "that marriage was between 2 women or 2 men" I would be the first in line to congratulate them, but I've never seen this in the word of God.(The Bible) I love God 1st, and must agree with him. He loves us all so I too must love others. I would never show unkindness to anyone, and I don't believe Chick Fi Lay has a mean bone in their corporation. Please people open your understanding and sincerely ask God if this is sin then '' what am I to do about my situation,?" and mean it with your whole heart. God said his ears are shut from our cries. He never ask us to do anything he doesn't give us the way out.

  7. John Pritchett

    Scientists and geneticists have concluded that yes a person could have lived to be well over 700 years old because over the years we as a human race are so "watered down" genetically that we "break down" faster and live less than 100 because of it. In those times (even if you don't believe in creationism) their were so few people on the Earth that we were a more genetically strong people and our cells would have lived much longer. If you interbreed dogs too long they will get sick and die much faster and it's obvious and the same applies to humans!

  8. William Almond

    It is a lie that just because you disagree with a person means that you somehow Hate them.

  9. Brandi McClure

    The way I see it, The bible/ Christianity shouldn't have anything to do with marriage. If it does that means that Buddhists, Muslims, Shinto, Atheists can't be married because they don't believe in the Bible. It's simple. Marriage is a State issue not a religious one. That is why we have the separation of Church and state to begin with. Now people can choose to make their wedding a religious thing, that's up to them. By no means should religion be involved in the Gay Marriage debate at all. So if we factor out religion, what is the argument? Traditional values? Because we've always done something one way we should keep doing it. Fine take voting away from women, put the African Americans back into Slavery, and get rid of toilets. Because we don't want change. Besides the Native Americans who were here before us had genderless people. They could marry man or woman it didn't matter what sex they were born as. So if we're going with traditional values gay marriage has always been ok. XD

  10. Penny Wells

    Why are you not really following all of the versus in the Bible. You are a judgmental bigot. You hate gay marriage because you hate and fear a guy lifestyle. You don't get it so you use God as an excuse to hate it. If this bothers you so much then you must know quite a few women who were stoned to death on their wedding night because they were not virgins. How many men have you known who were put to death because they ate pork. People like you turn my stomach. How about trying this. Judge not sayeth the Lord, or maybe, "he who is without sin, cast the first stone. You need to find out what is so wrong with you that you can't just live and let live. You are probably a Republican, and I will try really hard to not judge you, but don't hold your breath…..

  11. Neal Campbell

    They need to do much more before I'll go back. This seems to be one good manager trying to differentiate himself from the founders of the company who haven't tried to earn respect from people who believe God is love.

  12. Richard Nicoletti

    God told Adam if he sinned he would surely die. He didn't say right now. Man was not supposed to die at all. God is not the God of death. But sin came into the world slowly. Eventually, sickness, murder and aging grew. Look around, sin is everywhere and so are plagues, hatred and, yes, death. God promises eternal life, but you have to accept his Son who came in to the world to take on our sins and die on a cross.i t was God Himself who took on flesh to pay the price. The Judge became the accused, for you and for me. That's why God is called Love. Yeah, Adam lived a long, long time … but he died.

  13. Van A. Henson

    Angela Little Miller, Yes, Adam lived 930 years.