There have been many small protests but the most recent uproar began in July when Dan Cathy, the companies president and chief operating officer told a Christian news station that Chick-Fil-A supported "the biblical definition of the family unit."
He later said in a radio interview “As it relates to society in general, 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.’ “
Apparently, someone decided to stage a same-sex kiss-in on August 3rd, urging gays and lesbians to show up at their local Chick-Fil-A in protest. Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, got wind of this and declared August 1st as Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day. Mike's call to action that was posted on Facebook last week went viral.
So on August 1st this was the scene at Chick-Fil-A in our local mall.
The other Chick-Fil-A location in town was absolutely insane. People were backed up for what seemed like miles, local police were directing traffic, people were lined up outside and around the building for a chicken sandwich and some waffle fries.
Now let me ask you this, why is everyone so surprised? This fast food chain is based out of Atlanta, Georgia and is owned by a Baptist family. So, you are surprised that its Christian owner is against gay marriage? Really? That was a shocker?
I have been seeing all of these different arguments on Facebook where people say "Who is he to tell me who I can love?" Um... did I miss something? I thought he just said... well you know what he said.
Would it surprise you if you local Christian book store told you they were against same-sex marriage?
Let me just put it this way... would you be shocked if your vegan friend said she doesn't eat meat?
Kind of excepted huh?
When Chick-Fil-A's Vice President, Steve Robinson got wind of the kiss-in planned for August 3rd, his response was "We understand from news reports that Friday may present yet another opportunity for us to serve with genuine hospitality, superior service and great food."
So what are your thoughts?