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Chick-Fil-A Anti-Gay Controversy: Gay Employees Speak Out

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Andrew, a gay 24-year-old who has been working at the northern Alabama Chick-fil-A since January, sat in his car smoking a cigarette and watching the crowd during a break earlier Wednesday. "I call it hater appreciation day," said Andrew, who asked...

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Barb K (1688)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 9:25 pm
God clearly states in the Bible: ''Man for woman and woman for man.'' Nowhere does he say: ''Woman for woman and man for man.'' The reason God set it up this way is so we can ''be fruitfull and multilpy.'' However, with that said, God also gave us Free Will to choose the paths we want to take in life. TY Carrie.

Alan Gray (38)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 11:33 pm
Free speech is only free when you are free to say what you want. What? you don't agree with me, then you will be boycotted and nobody will speak to you! Imagine that if everyone did it, there would be no discussions, no debates. nobody would ever talk to anyone, except their sycophants, but how would we know what anyone believed. you would never know who your friends were, nor your enemies. Imagine a silent world. It might be a good thing.

Karen Martinez (17)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 7:05 am
I never went out of my way to buy their product, and I'll re-think going there from now on. I used to appreciate how the servers were pleasant and helpful, unlike other chains were the teenagers think it is rude of you to interrupt them to give your order. I wish Cathy had made his statement and left the corporation out of it. Hey, homosexuals have to eat too! Wasn't a wise move on his part.

Sheryl G (360)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 7:35 am
I feel very sorry for Andrew, that as he is working to support himself he is subjected to this. Although I understand that those of certain faiths do not agree with people being homosexual, please remember that it is not everyone's faith. I do not believe that negative words and actions have a place in our society that was built on separation of the church and State. We each have the right to "be" as long as we follow a code of mutual respect to each other.

The CEO is a business man, he has the right to his hours or days of operation, he also has the right to attend a church of his choosing, he has a right to his religious beliefs that should be kept private to himself and not thrown at his employees or those who eat at this establishments. He does have the right to say what he said, as poor in judgement that I feel he chose to offend so many people, but now he will have to deal with that decision.

If people want to be ruled by a particular theology then they only need to look at certain Countries that had to deal with the likes of the Ayatollah Khomeini or even back in the day when there was the Spanish Inquisition and other times in history when the Religious Rulers were the rulers, they all felt it was the only way to go, their way or the highway so to speak and all had Devine right they felt. There is a reason that we live under the Constitution we do. Just because it is your faith or how you want to view the creation that we all see around us doesn't mean it is a sole or the only way to view this. Remember, the bible and other texts were written by human beings.....who are imperfect.

Scarlett P (126)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 9:59 am
I supported Chick-fil-a yesterday. I was not protesting gays or gay marriage. I was standing up for a man who spoke the truth and is being crucified by the liberal media. I do not protest people, for Christ did not stand in protest against me, He simply loved me anyway, enough to die for me. People act like because they refuse to believe the Bible, that the Bible is not true. It is. And because it is, to speak the truth does not mean one is protesting people or hating people. Because I do not hate people I must continue to proclaim the truth,because in that truth is the only true freedom for humankind. If people think they are happy in their chains, I will not shun them, protest them, or discriminate against them. I will do all I can to help them as much as I can. For tomorrow the trumpet of God may sound and I will not get another chance to love them to Christ. And please,people , if you are Christian do not shame Christ by protesting one sin and embracing another for yourselves.If we are not willing to be an example, do not use Christ for an excuse. Sin is sin. As long as I have breath, I will speak against sin, for it ultimately kills people, but God help me never to cast away the sinner, for in doing that I have made myself higher, more righteous then Jesus, for He never did. It is alright for sinners not to like me they have another spirit, but it is not alright for me not to love them anyway.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 11:55 am
The backlash against Mr. Cathy's disgusting comments, has gone way beyond just individuals deciding to boycott Chick-fil-A, as is any individual's right. There is a concerted effort to deny the Chick-fil-A Franchise the possibility to expand and open new businesses in shopping malls, on college campuses, and even in entire cities like Boston and Chicago! Such places ALSO have the RIGHT to grant or to deny new or old businesses their licenses to do business; just like granting a Wal-mart permission, or a liquor store, etc. A business can be refused a license if the community objects, such as it might object to a liquor store or a porn shop or a Wal-mart, etc. A business does not have the "right" to do business if the officials do not grant it a license -- licenses are not granted to EVERYone!
Chick-fil-A is mainly in the South, I understand -- we don't have it here on the Pacific Coast. The franchise is trying to EXPAND into cities and venues where it has not been before.
Rather poor timing for homophobic remarks, I'd say!

We can show the ECONOMIC POWER of the LGBT Community and our Friends and Allies, by not only individually boycotting if we happen to live in an area where Chick-fil-A already exists; but, by USING COMMUNITY PRESSURE TO NOT GRANT THEM LICENSES TO EXPAND AND DO BUSINESS IN NEW VENUES.
Please go sign the MANY Petitions at, to that effect! There are by now about 60 of them, mostly by College Students on College Campuses; ANYone can sign, and I believe I have signed every one! Also, there are new Petitions every day, and I check every day. Go to:; then Gay Rights; then Recent.

Besides signing the Petitions, if Chick-fil-A wants to set up one of its Franchises in YOUR community, you can start your own Petiton on with the others; also, you can write, call and pressure in other ways, those College, City or County Officials who are in charge of granting Licenses, to DENY them. On behalf of ALL the LGBT community members, and their friends, families and many, many Allies!

I think Mr. Cathy made a gross mis-judgement; but his business's huge financial support of anti-Gay Hate Groups is undeniable. He may find his support in the Southern U.S.; but even there, the College Students aren't buying his brand of Homophobia!!!

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 12:13 pm
Mr. Cathy has the exact same Free Speech that I do, that everyone does; he also has a "right" to support Nazis, the KKK, Communists, or anyone else with his money.
I also have the right to denounce him and expose him. I have the right to spend my money elsewhere, where it won't be given to causes and groups that I not only disapprove of, but that are out to INJURE me. The Chick-fil-A Corporation has given huge amounts of money to organizations listed as HATE GROUPS. Hate Groups aren't just "debating societies" -- they exist IN ORDER TO DO HARM TO TARGETED GROUPS. Such as, let's say, Jews or Blacks or Non-Christians or whoever. Or Gays. It's not just Mr. Cathy's anti-Gay-Marriage remarks; but, that these remarks have DRAWN ATTENTION TO HIS SUPPORT OF ANTI-GAY HATE GROUPS.

Hate Groups are not listed as "Hate Groups" just because they "differ a little in opinion from the mainstream". Hate Groups EXIST TO PROMOTE HATE. It is like "shouting fire in a crowded theater, when there is no fire". They exist TO PROMOTE MISCHIEF. Otherwise, they would not be listed as Hate Groups just for their "opinions"!!! Those who investigate and make these charges, such as the SPLC, the Southern Poverty Law Center, are responsible individuals who take their work extremely seriously; they are not arbitrary or capricious in their judgements!!!
The South, the former Confederacy, unfortunately seems in many respects to lag behind the rest of the country; Chick-fil-A has taken advantage of backwards social attitudes. I do believe, however, that when they try as they are doing now, to expand into the rest of the country, they will not find the welcome they were hoping for.
Please sign the Petitions on Gay Rights; and do keep alert and pressure officials to KEEP CHICK-FIL-A FRANCHISES OUT OF YOUR CITY OR NEIGHBORHOOD.

Donna B (36)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 12:42 pm
Thx for posting. Yes, their stores were very crowded yesterday. The one here in Panama City Beach was packed. I passed it on the way doing some errands and I have NEVER seem a restaurant that busy in my life. No, I did not go. I have NO plans on ever going there.

Christine V (7)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 12:54 pm
i'm glad to hear these employees are standing up for the right to be who they are.

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 1:02 pm
I support them, everyone has a right to their beliefs & opinions, it seems all think it's ok to state your beliefs unless you don't agree with them, that's not how it works.
Leave Chick-Fil-A alone, they aren't boycotting the gays, they have a right to their belief .

Dawn F (3)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 1:19 pm
Freedom of speech, freedom of RELIGION, FREEDOM TO LOVE WHOMEVER YOU CHOOSE!! It is not anybody's business who someone else chooses to marry. If you are a person who believes in God, well then it is his business to deal with the matter as he or she sees fit in heaven. NOT the right of us on earth to decide. Keep your hateful opinions to yourselves. It wasn't very long ago WOMEN & every person of AFRICAN AMERICAN decent were discriminated, hated and thought of as worthless. A woman's only "calling" was children & taking care of the house. Blacks were purely just beasts of burden. Whites & blacks were forbidden to marry.
Come on America. Open your minds. how does it affect you if two people of the same gender want to share their lives together? Homosexuality is not the same as a child molester or a murderer or rapist. Same sex couples that are consenting adults have the right to build a life, buy a house, pay taxes, have children, have insurance, get married or divorced if they choose.

Michael Ruger (17)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 2:28 pm
Why does this just go after gays using The Bible. He should go after those who eat too much Gluttons Body is GOD's Temple,He allso should be against divorce Jesus was.How about Adultrers? There are plenty more sins describes in THE BIBLE. you know right in my own little neiighborhood there is and 8 year old that had to get his legs cut off and maybe even both hands becauseof bacterial Meningitus.iI guess GOD will b e the only one tha will help him. Instead of tearing down people we should LOVE THEM. Beside the job of GOD is alreay taken.Imagine if we just would remember that one thing. Do I wish anything to happen to this man? I just pray he sees GOD's light

Catherine Turley (192)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 2:51 pm
you don't respect those you actively work to oppress. cathy is a liar. however, my issue is not with his personal beliefs. he uses company money, made off the backs of many gay employees, to influence legislation and deprive minorities of their rights.

Catherine Turley (192)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 3:00 pm
and, i have no respect for those using the guise of 'freedom of speech' while protesting. don't hide your bigotry behind the flag. i defy any news station to find a gay marriage advocate who is simply supporting chick-fil-a based on the principles of free speech.

Gene J (290)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 3:26 pm
"Management is encouraging employees at the stores to remain neutral, no matter what customers say, according to multiple workers interviewed by The Huffington Post."

It is simply amazing to me that this company seemed to have had NO idea it had gay employees. Just went ahead and blasted away with that blunderbluss never realizing, or perhaps not caring, that they were shooting people who work for them. Did they somehow think they "spotted" them all in the interviews and so never hired any? Or are they just that mean? I'd like to, I wish they could afford to, see them ALL quit, just walk out and see how many employees are left. Bigotry of the first order. Continues to be the official, front and center, mainstream campaign plank of the Republican party. I hope it gets them what they deserve. A beating come November.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Friday August 3, 2012, 11:30 am
The groups Chick-fil-A gives to include the Family Research Council and Exodus International, according to Equality Matters, an initiative associated with the progressive Watchdog group, Media Matters. The Family Research Council is designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, while Exodus International is a Christian Ministry that has long endorsed ex-gay therapy, a controversial practice of "curing" gay people that mainstream mental health organizations have disavowed.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, the SPLC, is an organization that tracks Hate Groups -- everyone should be familiar with their good work. They have a website you can go to.


You have a RIGHT and a DUTY to KNOW what your money supports! Now you KNOW!
Be your own Judge!

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Friday August 3, 2012, 11:32 am


Gloria H (88)
Friday August 3, 2012, 6:13 pm
They didn't do a very good job in hiring if they hired some gays. Who knows, there may be cause for romance and the employee would want to get married in the workplace??? All those people waiting in line could be honored guests.
Surely Chic would want to hand out "how to spot a gay" flyer with each purchase. hmmm...earrings?-dead give away, stylish clothes?-dead give away, two men or two women standing together..another dead give away...a guy alone with kids?...must have gay partner waiting in the car.
Never to mistake a gay for a "normal" person again with our handy spot-a-gay detector! It's fun! Use it on your friends and family!
disclaimer: if you give us the "bird" we wont give you any bird.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 1:26 am
There are today NEW PETITIONS on, to PREVENT CHICK-FIL-A from expanding, or renewing, its Franchises in various College Campuses and Shopping Malls. Mayors in cities such as San Francisco, OBJECT to Sick-fil-A expanding into new Franchises there!

And, please note, there is a new Petition to GET CHICK-FIL-A OUT OF A HIGH SCHOOL CAFETERIA!!!!!!!!!!!!
Please go to; then to Gay Rights; then to Recent.
There now must be over 60 Petitions about Sick-fil-A on I think I have signed each one! ANYbody can sign any of them.
The High School Petition is one of the most popular! Sick-fil-A in a High School! Sheeeesh......

Besides signing the Petitions, if Chick-fil-A wants to set up one of its Franchises in YOUR community, you can start your own Petiton on with the others; also, you can write, call and pressure in other ways, those College, City or County Officials who are in charge of granting Licenses, to DENY them. On behalf of ALL the LGBT community members, and their friends, families and many, many Allies!

Sheryl G (360)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 6:39 am
Polling organization YouGov found that the Atlanta-based chain's brand approval ratings have plummeted in the wake of Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy's controversial remarks earlier this month. YouGov also reports that the company's overall consumer brand health among fast food eaters has dropped to its lowest levels since mid-August 2010 in the wake of the media firestorm.

Just before Cathy's interview was published, Chick-fil-A's Index score was 65, well above the Top National Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) Sector average score of 46. Just four days later, however, Chick-fil-A's score had fallen to 47, while last week, the chain had a score of 39, compared to the Top National QSR Sector average score of 43.

The CEO of the Jim Henson Company responded. The company, which had a licensing agreement to supply toys for Chick-fil-A's kids' meals, said it will not partner with them on any future endeavors.

"Lisa Henson, our CEO, is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to (the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)," it said in a written statement.


Shan D (49)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 12:58 pm
I'm glad we don't have these restaurants here - and that Canada has laws against hate speech. We look at it this way: With freedom of expression comes the responsibility to use that freedom *wisely*. Say whatever you want in the privacy of your own home or car - but when you make a speech or write an article, leave your personal hate out of it; you DON'T get to say whatever fool thing pops into your head here!

Jane H (139)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 1:39 pm
As a member of the ACLU I suppoort freedom of speech. But, I love my gay son, so I will not buy their food-----never have , anyway.

Sheila D (28)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 5:29 pm
I'm surprised no one has sued the company for encouraging a hate filled, homophobic environment. Most employees would have a case, whether gay or not, just because it makes for a very stressful place to work. I have no problem with free speech, but when it causes people problems in their jobs and personal lives, it's crossed the line and should be addressed.

Phyllis P (237)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 6:14 pm
I don't believe any one should be made to feel uncomfortable about who they are. Nor should any one be censored for saying what they feel.

Susanne R (235)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 8:54 pm
Mike Huckabee encouraged everyone to show their support for Chick-fil-A's homophobic CEO by coming out in droves to buy his chicken. In other words, they should show their support for a man who promotes discrimination and hate by making him richer. Is it about righteousness? Or is it about money? With conservatives, you just never know...

jo M. (3)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 10:07 pm
Hmmm, if Chick-Fil-A can be banned, why not ban ben and jerrys for supporting homo marriages, why not ban anyone for anything you don't believe in? Why not ban any business that supports the right of women to have their children murdered? Why, this banning businesses could just expand everywhere! Communities could go crazy banning businesses! Who cares if people lose their jobs, who cares if it's even constitutional? I refuse to sign any of these ridiculously ignorant petitions.

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 5:00 am
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Talya H (10)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 5:35 pm
thanks for the article!

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Monday August 6, 2012, 12:07 am
lines are stretching out the front door and the parking lot is packed with customers coming out to support company chief executive Dan Cathy,

BS, it's the free food,, personally I hope they go broke. Go vegan

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Monday August 6, 2012, 12:11 am
jo M please don't blow about banning everything,, if we can't have peaceful protests and freedom of speech WHY SHOULD HE

Maggie Carmel (5)
Tuesday August 7, 2012, 12:05 pm
It's a shame that gay employees have to hear all this and have to only use their first names, nicknames or be anonymous in order to express their feelings.

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 9:29 pm
"God clearly states in the Bible: ''Man for woman and woman for man.'' Nowhere does he say: ''Woman for woman and man for man.''

Barb - And who says we all believe in the bible? To actually bring religion into what is often considered a civil union certainly is unconstitutional. There is a definite clear separation between state and church. Further, how about good old "He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD. (Deut 23:1)

At least 1,875 American troops have suffered genital wounds since 2005, including 51 so far this year. Therefore, not only do we send them out into the battlefield to serve the interests of the country, if we decide to live biblically , we also deny them into heaven? Just asking. How about women? Are they allowed to enter the congregation of the Lord (heaven or church for that matter), they don't have two intact testicles or a penis.

i respect your right to freely express your religious beliefs. I would then expect you to do the same. Telling people what to do, or telling them they are sinning or making a comment on other's bedroom activities, as long as it is legal under law, not the bible, it really is not any of the GOP's business nor the business of the religious right. This kind of witnessing, when you are intentionally pissing off those who don't belief in their creed, is just extreme as Islamic radicalism or extremism. The only difference is that you believe that you have the right religion and those who disagree with you don't.

Scarlett - "I supported Chick-fil-a yesterday. I was not protesting gays or gay marriage. I was standing up for a man who spoke the truth and is being crucified by the liberal media. I"

Really. There is a big difference in the first amendment and actually breaking the law. Chick-Fil-A has been sued for discriminatory practices.

Chick-fil-A: This Is Not a First Amendment Issue

If I hear one more person say that he or she is supporting Chick-fil-A because "This is a First Amendment issue," I'm going to jump out of one of the Huffington Post's fifth-floor windows and swan dive into oncoming traffic.

It seems I can't open Twitter or look at Facebook or read a website without hearing that refrain. It was the chant of many of the Chick-fil-A fans who were in attendance yesterday at "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," which was dreamt up by former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee to support "freedom of speech" and President and COO Dan Cathy's right to believe that gay people do not deserve to get married (or -- if you want to dress it up -- "shouldn't be able to redefine traditional marriage"). But make no mistake -- this is not about the First Amendment.

I fully support Cathy's right to say whatever he wants (and, in fact, so does the ACLU). But just because someone can say something doesn't mean they should -- or that we should celebrate him or her for doing so, especially when what they're saying is, at its core, promoting a culture of hate against a group of people.

I have a hard time believing that there would be lines around the block at Burger King if its CEO gave an interview where he or she stated, "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... black and white people should not be allowed to get married,'" and had also donated millions of dollars to white supremacist organizations.

Similarly, if the head of Taco Bell came out and said, "I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is about -- women should be the property of their husbands and anything otherwise is against traditional marriage," I don't think we'd see food courts packed with folks rabidly demanding 10-packs of tacos.

So why is it different when it comes to queer people? For some reason this country still thinks that it's OK to treat us like we are, at best, just not quite as worthy to have all the rights afforded straight or cis-gendered people or, at worst, just plain evil. Many of these statements are bolstered by religious arguments using the Bible as ammunition, but, as it's been pointed out time and again, the Bible demands we do or don't do a lot of things that we no longer do or don't do (like that we should own slaves and we shouldn't eat popcorn shrimp), and Jesus himself never uttered a single word about being queer (and if he wanted us all to be "traditionally married" so badly, you'd think the guy himself would have gotten married).

This is about a lot more than just marriage. It's about the millions of dollars that Chick-fil-A has donated to anti-gay and anti-trans groups who are working tirelessly to ensure that we never receive the same protections and rights that straight and cis-gendered people receive simply for being born non-queer (and who are in some instances endeavoring to "cure" queer people of their sexuality/gender identities).

When you buy food from Chick-fil-A, you're basically saying, "Here, take this money and see to it that queer people can not only not get married, but that they also can't adopt, can be fired simply for their sexuality and/or gender identity and continue to live in a society where they are regularly terrorized, mutilated, murdered and driven to suicide." Because that is what these groups do.

I, too, am in love with the First Amendment, and I want everyone to have the right to say whatever they want -- even if it's totally bonkers. But do I have to sit around and take it? Nope. And I sure as hell don't have to give those people my money to use against me. And neither do you.

So the next time someone says to you, "This is a First Amendment issue," or, "Chick-fil-A isn't anti-gay, it's just pro-traditional marriage," send them a link to one of the heartbreaking stories we feature on Gay Voices on a daily basis. Might I suggest the recent one about the lesbian in Nebraska who had the word "dyke" carved into her skin and her house set on fire? Or maybe they'd prefer to read the story of one of the LGBT teens who have killed themselves because they couldn't take the non-stop abuse inflicted upon them or just didn't see how they could function in a world that is so agonizingly anti-LGBT. Because that is exactly what Chick-fil-A is using its freedom of speech and its customers' dollars to support.
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