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“National Same-Sex Kiss Day at Chick-Fil-A” Planned

“National Same-Sex Kiss Day at Chick-Fil-A” Planned

While Wednesday was supposed to mark “National Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day” and thousands of customers thronged the outlets across the country, Friday has been unofficially named “National Same-Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A.” The national outcry over the fast food chain has dominated media sources for the last several weeks after Chick-Fil-A president, Dan Cathy, said this about same sex marriage in June:

I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we would have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is all about.

Cathy also stated that Chick-Fil-A is a company which prides itself on its “traditional family values.” Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee had stated last month that August 1 should serve as an unofficial day to support the chain and Cathy’s stance on gay marriage.

The Los Angeles Times confirms that Wednesday’s sales at Chick-Fil-A restaurants across the country hit record highs as customers thronged stores and even took pictures of themselves at the fast food chain to prove their support for the franchise.

Many proponents of Dan Cathy’s message have somehow aligned the recent boycott of the fast food chain with an attack on the COO’s free speech. Supporters on Wednesday felt that the man was being punished for speaking his mind and retaining his belief system, positioning the company and Cathy as victims in the situation. As one patron on Wednesday told the L.A. Times, “That man just like you or I has a right to say, ‘This is what I believe’ and not be punished for it.’

On the other end of the spectrum, LGBT organizers and demonstrators have pushed to raise awareness about same sex discrimination and have been pushing for more people to boycott the restaurant. Vlogger Molly Cox points out why the LGBT community and allies are so up in arms about one of the many companies that has been public about their feelings towards gay marriage and equality. She points out that every purchase made at a Chick-Fil-A supports a company that then proceeds to fund candidates and policies that push for stripping the rights of the LGBT community.

Now activists trying to spread awareness have named Friday “National Same-Sex Kiss Day at Chick-Fil-A”. CNN reports that demonstrators plan to show up outside of these famous restaurants and kiss. Afterwards photos and videos of the protests are meant to go up across the internet to spread a message of inclusion.

The Los Angeles Times notes that GLAAD has backed the push for the “National Same-Sex Kiss Day” which will keep the LGBT struggle in the limelight, and highlight the ongoing struggle for equal marriage rights. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has also encouraged patrons to eat at KFC instead.

Although Dan Cathy has not publicly come out and changed his stance on the issue, and neither have any of his supporters it appears, Chick-fil-A public relations personality Don Perry said this about the recent controversy, as quoted on CNN:

The Chick-Fil-A culture and 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. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”

Although the public relations department claims that debates about the intentions of Chick-Fil-A will remain distanced from political outcomes, the company will probably still fund candidates that push for policies that reflect the company’s belief system.

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10:04AM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

problem not about love it is about getting benefits from the public sector. Tax breaks etc. Get real it all money

8:32AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

haha, wow. people need to get over things that aren't even a big deal. it's a fast food restaurant. eat there or don't. does it matter what they believe? if you don't agree with them, don't eat there. simple as that. I don't see why it has to be such a big deal. I also don't see why so many people went and ate there on August 1st. I don't know, people just act like such children.

4:46PM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

Thank you SO much, BMutiny, for pointing out the facts.

This is about active financial and other support of hate groups, not about opinions.


Paul P., if you read even the headline; this is about kissing, not about butts.

P.S., outside attempts to control or limit which person someone loves or is attracted to have never worked so far.

4:27PM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

butt mates i guess

3:12AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

Chick-fil-A's "anti-gay stance" is NOT, repeat, NOT, merely a matter of "expressing an opinion" or "freedom of speech". LGBT people and our many allies, certainly have a right to BOYCOTT anti-gay Corporations, not spend our money there. But, Chick-fil-A goes way beyond that; CfA, thru its "charity division" WinShape, gives millions of its dollars in Profit$$$ directly to HATE GROUPS. Groups that are allied to, and supporting, for example, groups in Uganda and other parts of Africa sponsoring "Kill the Gays" legislation. So, anybody that buys a chicken sandwich at Sick-fil-A, might just as well be stuffing the pockets directly of HATE GROUPS. This is more than just a matter of "differing opinions".
Sick-fil-A did ONE DAY of really good business; but overall, CfA IS LOSING BUSINESS quite a bit -- as are other Corporations that exhibit bigotry! We are definitely on the WINNING side, no question! CfA is trying to expand its franchises; and is meeting organized opposition everywhere, now. So good luck with THAT!
ESPECIALLY, organized opposition to CfA has come from STUDENT GROUPS who want to get the CfA franchise out of their College and even High School! campuses, cafeterias, and sporting events.
For more on the STUDENT BOYCOTTS, to sign Petitions organized by DOZENS of students and student groups, you can go to
change.org; then to Gay Rights; then to Recent {or Popular}.
Sign as many Petitions as you have time for! You don't need to be a Student at that place.


6:33AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Funny but if sex is the driving force for the relationships. u already have determined u are just an animal, but I was hoping better than that portrayal of u.

6:19AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Pam I'm glad u support my position but I don,t think it is proper to call homosexuals animals or compare them as so. my analogy of monkeys had nothing to do with homosexuality only consistency in species makeup. Thanks again for your support in this matter!!!

6:16AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Pam I'm glad u support my position but I don,t think it is proper to call homosexuals animals or compare them as so. my analogy of monkeys had nothing to do with homosexuality only consistency in species makeup. Thanks again for your support in this matter!!!

5:56AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

This event will not change the minds of the like of Paul P. They are shaped by books written by retarded superstitious Neanderthals.

10:06AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Alternative is just dittling with private parts therefore makes it worthless and purposeless feel good momentary episodes.
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Well, Paul, that is exactly what most HETERO sex is about, too. So what's the diff? I hate kids, so I got my tubes tied, but that didn't change my sex drive, LOL.

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