Opinion: Why I’m celebrating Chick-fil-Gay Appreciation Day
July 30th, 2012
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Editor's Note: Steve McDonagh owns and operates Hearty Restaurant and The Hearty Boys Caterers with his partner, Dan Smith. In addition to winning the first season of Food Network's hit series "Food Network Star," Smith and McDonagh live in Chicago with their son, Nate.

I am not a Dan Cathy basher. I respect Chick-fil-A's Chief Operating Officer for taking an honest stand and putting his business in the line of fire by clarifying the company’s stance on gay marriage.

It takes guts to be responsible for your words. It takes a person of conviction who is willing to bear the repercussions from those who dislike what he has to say. And in a political climate where our politicians are afraid to say anything off-prompter, lest it be twisted and dissected for hidden meaning, the responsible are difficult to find.

I’ve been vocal about my political and social convictions for years. My guess is that Cathy would be surprised at how much he and I have in common.

Like Cathy, my partner’s and my business plan has always been intertwined with our personal lives. The Hearty Boys are Dan and Steve; they can’t be separated. Even our closest friends refer to us as The Hearty Boys, as in "we’re going to The Hearty Boys for dinner because Mike Huckabee didn’t respond to their dinner invitation, so there’s an extra seat."

Like Cathy, we are a family-run business. We cherish the remembered moments of covering our son in a fresh tablecloth when meetings and naptime collided, know the exhaustion of late night pillow talk being business-related, and the pride we felt when Nate first said he wants to someday run the business (be warned, he wants to make it a combo Chinese takeout and veterinary clinic).

Like Cathy, we use the power of our brand to back up our beliefs - and this is where the tricky part of responsibility starts. Unlike the nameless Internet ninjas, what we say not only reflects on us as individuals but onto our businesses. And by “business,” I don't mean just our bottom line but the people who work for us and those that do business with us. How does what Steve McDonagh says reflect on someone who holds a position in The Hearty Boys? How does what Dan Cathy says make his gay and lesbian employees feel? Or gay and lesbian franchise owners? Or gay and lesbian stockholders?

Like Cathy, “we want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families."  But when Dan Cathy says “strengthen families,” he’s excluding my family: Dan, Steve and Nate. He means except Abby, Julie and Carly, or Brad, John, Max and Jack-Jack. We obviously don’t fall under the “families” heading and we must be marginalized.

No longer.

So, when Mike Huckabee called for August 1 to be Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, we decided to make August 1 Chick-fil-Gay Appreciation Day at Hearty Restaurant in Chicago. When a guest purchases a fried chicken sandwich with pickles on a toasted buttered bun, the proceeds will go directly to Equality Illinois to help families that some feel don’t deserve strengthening.

And here the similarities completely end. Unlike Cathy, I have no interest in alienating my client base or offending my guests. I run on a business plan of inclusion. A Chick-fil-A statement stressed that the chain is inclusive as well. Its more than 1,600 stores are committed to treating gay and lesbian employees and guests with the same “honor, dignity and respect” that they give everyone else, but my community knows better. There’s no honor, dignity and respect in thanking a client for a purchase and using LGBT dollars to fund programs aimed at destroying our families.

Finally, we stand on different sides of history. Sadly, Dan Cathy is on the wrong side. Cathy can refer to us a “prideful and arrogant,” but I think those words are well-suited to those who sit in judgment and speak for their version of God. Sixty years of civil rights history teach us that basic human rights will always win out. You can’t stop equal rights anymore than you can take back that seat on the bus. This is our new reality. You can’t stop progress, as the man says.

The tide has changed, and the escalating shouts we hear are the cries of the self-righteous who never imagined they’d be the ones fighting the current.

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  1. Steve


    August 1, 2012 at 6:17 am |
  2. Steve

    Civil rights? Being black is not a genetic disorder, being a homosexual is. Insisting that gays have the right to marry is like insisitng that the blind have the right to drive or that the deaf have the right to be music critics. It's nonsense. When the technology exists to cure blindness and deafness they will be cured. Given the option, I suppose it's possible that a heterosexual couple could choose to have a gay son, but I don't imagine that would happen very often. It's certainly no sin to have a genetic disorder, and no one should hate gay people any more than they should hate blind people or deaf people. But equating gay marriage to the struggle blacks had for civil rights is a little ridiculous as it suggests that being black is a genetic disorder.

    August 1, 2012 at 5:10 am |
    • KPMCO

      Wait. Am I reading this correctly? You are saying that people are born gay? That it's genetic and not a choice? Wow! I'm glad that you can understand that part at least. But it's not a genetic disorder, anymore than being of a certain ethnicity is. It's a part of the human genetic code. It's existed for thousands of years, and the only reason it's a problem is because other humans poke their noses into the affairs of others. If gay marriage was allowed, what happens to the genetic code of humans? Nothing. Marriage is a human construct. Our government codifies it with tax deductions and preferences for insurance. In that way, it is completely unConstitutional to offer benefits to one person and not offer it to another based on a genetic situation. Sorry, it simply is not.

      The simplest way to resolve the issue. Let marriage be a sacrament of the church, and have no tax deductions for spouses or dependants. Make every household purchase their insurance by individual living in the same household, and at the same cost per person, regardless of age or gender. If a church wishes to subsidize their parishoners' health insurance or taxes....then the church can do so at their own expense to promote their independent values.

      August 1, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
  3. Proud to be American

    As a Christian and a believer on the teachings of Christ, the Christian poseurs here are definitely out of touch with the holy book. What do you think good old JC was upto with all those dashing apostles. Why'dya think Judas betrayed him with a "kiss" (apparently a natural gesture). Man love's been rulin' the roost ever since the Dinosaurs. And no one apart from those secretly ashamed of their own desires ever had a problem with it. Come clean, y'all.

    August 1, 2012 at 2:03 am |
    • Steve

      Yeah well, you come clean to. Either that or keep on pretending that this is not just what it is, a genetic disorder that causes people to remove themselves from the gene pool which affects about 3 percent of the population. Like deafness, blindness, heart defects, and other genetic disorders, when it's possible to cure it, it will be cured. Dressing it up in a wedding dress and tuxedo, and giving it unwanted children, is the wrong way to handle a genetic disorder. It's like insisting that the blind have a right to drive or that the deaf have the right to be music critics. It's nonsense. BTW, your insinuation that Christ and all his apostles were homosexual is at best disingenuouse, he was a Jew as were all his apostles. Jesus never talked about homosexuality because his audience was only Jews and there were no open homosexuals among the jews because they dealt with them harshly and permanenetly if it were known. You're fortunate you didn't live in his time.

      August 1, 2012 at 4:35 am |
    • Steve

      Yeah well, you come clean to. Either that or keep on pretending that this is not just what it is, a genetic disorder that causes people to remove themselves from the gene pool which affects about 3 percent of the population. Like deafness, blindness, heart defects, and other genetic disorders, when it's possible to cure it, it will be cured. Dressing it up in a wedding dress and tuxedo, and giving it unwanted children, is the wrong way to handle a genetic disorder. It's like insisting that the blind have a right to drive or that the deaf have the right to be music critics. It's nonsense.

      August 1, 2012 at 6:16 am |
      • Proud to be American

        You are right. Being Gay is a genetic disorder just as being smart or enlightened is. Join me brother in praying the smart away. Anyone unable or unwilling to procreate needs treatment, including sterile heterosexuals. So too, does anyone having a brain capable of self determination.

        August 1, 2012 at 9:00 am |
        • Never like the Chicky food anyway

          @ proud to be... you haven't quite proved your smarts here, fellow. Just the usual holier than thou attitude that we're familiar with .. keep on praying, ...

          August 1, 2012 at 10:03 am |
        • Rob-Texas

          "Gay is a genetic disorder" No one has proven that. There is a growing number of doctors that believe sexual oriantation changes when there is an imbalance of estrogen and testosterone levels in womb. What a shocker that woudl be if it turns out to be correct. Not genetic, not normal and curable.
          "if Christians don't approve of gays they should have their tubes tied or practice abstinence because any couple can conceive a gay child." this statement from Kimberclark is just hate filled. Just becuase Christains don't believe the gay lifestyle is the right way to live, doesn't mean they would not Love their own children. Don't believe what the media tells you on either side.

          August 1, 2012 at 10:35 am |
        • Jack 1

          More deceitful garbage from the gay support clan.

          August 1, 2012 at 11:11 am |
        • Craig

          I think you're too late. Steve already did pray his smart away....... at least judging by his posts.

          August 1, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
      • HamsterDancer

        Steve, as you stated it is a genetic disorder and by your description it sounds like you would be against creating free access for those born with handicaps that put them in wheelchairs or difficulty walking. "Why should we help those with these disorders? They should just stay home and be quiet! Prof. Stephen Hawking had better spend his money on making his life at home comfortable because society is not going to make any accommodations for a thinking, intelligent individual with things to contribute."
        You are saying, "Hey, sorry you were born with a genetic disorder that makes you attracted to those of your own sex. This was no fault of your own but because of it, if you decide to co-habitate with a same sex partner we are just not going to allow you to have the legal civil union we call marriage. Yes, this is diepite the fact that you are two informed, consenting adults. We will make inheritance, hospital visits, medical insurance, property rights, and especially adoption difficult for you. No, we don't care that you have been a couple for 20 years. The different sex couple who are legally married for 6 moths are going to get more of the rights guaranteed by the government than you. What? You are also American citizens guaranteed the same rights by the Constitution? What? There is already legal precedent that states this?
        We I'm sorry. That's still not gonna happen in Steve's world.

        August 1, 2012 at 10:25 am |
      • Grace K.

        So Steve, what you are saying is that gays are "born that way" (God's plan) and homosexuality is not a moral lapse, correct?

        That being so, why should gays be denied the same rights you and I are?

        August 1, 2012 at 11:31 am |
      • Tim from Toledo

        So, using your logic, should we ban marriage for people that are mentally retarded as well? How about people that are born with a physical or mental birth defect that is the result of a genetic disorder? It is unbelievable how completely intolerant people are about a topic that, if they would just leave it alone, would not affect their lives in the slightest bit.
        Live and let live.
        The funny thing about your genetic disorder argument – if you read enough of the posts on this blog, you will find several people that say it is a "choice" to be gay. So which is it? You have a whole bunch of ignorant people that can't even come together on what the issue is – yet all of you are hating people that have done nothing to you at all. It's pretty scary.....

        August 1, 2012 at 11:42 am |
    • Steve

      BTW, your insinuation that Christ and all his apostles were a little light in the sandals is at best disingenuouse, he was a Jew as were all his apostles. Jesus never talked about homosexuality because his audience was only Jews and there were no open homosexuals among the jews because they dealt with them harshly and permanenetly if it were known. You're fortunate you didn't live in his time. How about I'm just not so secretly ashamed that you're an American?

      August 1, 2012 at 7:19 am |
    • Steve

      BTW, your insinuation that Jeus and all his apostles were a little light in the sandals is at best disingenuous, he was Jewish as were all his apostles. Jesus never talked about because his gays because his audience was only Jewish and there were no open gays among the jews because they dealt with them harshly and permanenetly if it were known. You're fortunate you didn't live in his time. How about we compromise and I'll just be ashamed that you're an American.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:21 am |
      • Tim from Toledo

        As I will be ashamed of you. Spewing hatred is sad.

        August 1, 2012 at 11:44 am |
    • jim

      "Proud to be an American" comment is idiotic, has no basis in history, culture or the evidence.

      Just goes to show that idiots are out there, pretending to be soemthing they are not in order to make others look as deviant as they ion order to attempt to get others approval for their deviance.

      The biggest poser is the pretend "PTBAA"

      August 1, 2012 at 9:07 am |
      • Proud to be American

        Hey, I'm not a poseur. I'm truly proud to be an ignorant homophobic xenophobic bible thumping American just like you, brother Jim.

        August 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • cowstastegood

      Oh, Jesus was totally gay. Long hair, wore a dress, no relations with females. Definitely.

      August 1, 2012 at 10:49 am |
      • Craig

        No doubt about it!

        August 1, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  4. TN Alpha

    So if Oprah buys a Chic-fil-a sandwich, will Dan Cathy give her money to the Klan?
    It may be his right but it still isn't right.

    July 31, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
    • Steve

      Ya know, the closest thing to a lynching I'm finding in all this is happening to Christy. I'm going to Chik Fil A. Either we're going to let the gay mafia rule the country or not. I for one find that allowing a fraction of three percent of the nation the power to put ANYBODY out of business over a genetic disorder is just wrong.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:26 am |
  5. RichardHead@Kat

    I now understand why Whirling a Squirrel and trying to Eat in the Bathroom are a REAL PITA.
    Common Sense and a little old school English always Helps. Thanks.

    July 31, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
  6. Bill

    Aren't corporations considered 'people' by the government, or tax code? Can't people have opinions? Extrapolate... ;)

    July 31, 2012 at 11:29 pm |
  7. Margie

    What would Dan Cathy do if members of the gay and lesbian community made a purchase at one of his restaurants this Wednesday? Would he pocket them? Donate them?

    I am left to ponder...

    Maybe he could simple keep quiet. After all, hasn't he already benefited from those that never knew he felt this way...until now?

    I am left to ponder...

    July 31, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
    • Bev

      To Margie,
      Men and women have died defending this GREAT COUNTRY so its citizens can voice his or her opinions without oppression. Just like any businesses or actors that have publicly supported gays, Dan is entitled to speak his mind. Free speech works both ways.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:37 am |
      • Mark

        Great post Bev

        August 1, 2012 at 9:36 am |
      • Rob-Texas

        To bad the LBGT population in general doesn't see it that way and the media is just reinforcing it, GNN included.
        If you are not for every position that the LBGT wants, then you are a hate filled bigot.
        What a wonderful society we have become. Either you are for LBGT or you are supposed to shut up. Sorry media, you can try as much as you want, but unless the governing rules change in the US, it is not minority rule.

        August 1, 2012 at 10:42 am |
        • geeky

          it's not "majority rule" either. If it was, black people would still be slaves and women wouldn't be voting.

          August 1, 2012 at 11:58 am |
      • Craig

        Actually the "LGBT population" DOES see it that way. Mr Cathy is perfectly entitled to state his opinions and to support whatever hate groups he wants with his dollars. Just as WE have the right to speak loudly against his stance and prevent our dollars from benefiting him or his evil causes. It's a constitutional right we ALL enjoy – just as should be all other civil rights including marriage (the Supreme Court has repeatedly stated that marriage IS a civil right BTW).

        August 1, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
      • Margie

        Bev, I totally agree with Mr. Cathy's right to express his opinion, my point is concerning whether or not he feels it is 'okay' to accept money received by those who are gay that visit or work at his establishment(s).

        August 1, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • JPopNC

      The Cathy's and CFA have never, ever said anything against the gay community. Find where they said something directly against homosexuals. They haven't. The only thing they said is they support the traditional family definition and that they've always done so, simply put, they believe marriage should be between a man and woman as the Bible teaches. That in no way says they personally hate gays, they employ homosexuals all across the country and have no problem serving you as kindly as they do anyone else, so quit twisting things around to fit your own hateful agenda.

      August 1, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
      • Craig

        Mr Cathy has said that gay people don't deserve to be married – that is saying something against the gay community. But he has spoken much more loudly with his dollars by contributing to hate groups like Focus on the Family which actively tries to take away the civil rights of LGBT people and spreads lies and misinformation to influence people into thinking there is something "wrong" with them. So Chik-fil-a can die a slow and painful death as far as I am concerned.

        August 1, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
        • JPopNC

          He did NOT say that...again, totally twisting his words around. He said he supports the traditional man/woman marriage, now that may imply he's against gay marriage but you cannot say he said that because he didn't.

          August 2, 2012 at 9:14 am |
        • JPopNC

          And I'm 99.9% sure you've never watched anything produced by Focus on the Family because they're the furtherest thing from a hate group as I've ever seen. Hate is exactly what the LGBT is doing now...shameless slander and skewing the truth to force someone to sway from their beliefs. Hmmm..when you act agressively against someone based on their beleifs, isn't that bigotry??? So the LGBT are exactly what they're claiming Mr. Cathy to be....bigots!

          August 2, 2012 at 9:18 am |
  8. Sly

    That sandwich and fried looks disgusting compard to Chik Fil A. Chik Fil A wouldn't serve anything that looked like that, and every time I've been there, the employees are super polite and attentive and the food fresh and delicious. That's supposed to be why you go to a restaurant. Maybe this guy is just using the gay agenda to push his own agenda of marketing his inferior restaurant.

    July 31, 2012 at 10:39 pm |
    • Proud to be American

      Maybe you and Dan Cathy were turned down by your Gay lovers, and thus jilted, resort to bigotry in a show of defiance.

      August 1, 2012 at 2:06 am |
      • Steve

        Yeah, and probably got turned down because they offered their gay lovers that disgusting looking sandwich.

        August 1, 2012 at 6:44 am |
  9. achepotle

    Leviticus 11:7And the pig, though it has a split hoof completely divided, does not chew the cud; it is unclean for you.

    Chick-fil-A Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit

    Delicious strips of smoked applewood bacon along with a folded egg and cheese served on a freshly baked buttermilk biscuit.

    July 31, 2012 at 10:29 pm |
    • John

      Acts 10:13-15: Then a voice told him, "Get up, Peter, kill and eat." "Surely not, Lord!" Peter replied. "I have never eaten anything impure or unclean." The voice spoke to him a second time, "Do not call anything impure that God has made clean."

      July 31, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
    • Steve

      Christy isn't a jew. You seem to be confusing old testament mosaic law with new testament post fulfillment christian ethic. It's ok that you don't understand, but it's just plain wrong for you to pretend that you do.

      August 1, 2012 at 6:47 am |
      • Tim from Toledo

        Kind of like pretending you understand the gay community by labeling them as "genetic disorders", right Steve?

        August 1, 2012 at 11:49 am |
      • Craig

        Just like all these "christians" keep quoting the old testament to defend their discrimination against LGBT people..... duh!

        August 1, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • jim

      arche has demonstrated such appalling ignorance in making a comment on something he/she hasn't got a clue about. Typical for many cnn posters...

      August 1, 2012 at 9:09 am |
  10. 123

    No comment

    July 31, 2012 at 10:27 pm |
    • Craig


      August 1, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  11. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    Cathy has a right to his views and opinions as long as they don't break the laws of our land in America.
    As long as he does not refuse to allow a homosexual or a bisexual from being hired based on their religion, sex and etc! People have the right to shop where they feel comfortable so they may or may not go to his store, and likewise for the Hearty Boys. We should not let politics become a vechicle of hate. Cathy, as well as the Hearty Boys have their right guranteed by our government to have their own beliefs, but those views may influence who they can sell to and who purchases their products. That's American business!!

    July 31, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
  12. Wondering

    So which side is guilty of hate speech? The side claiming that homosexuality is abnormal, or the side claiming that Christians are bigots?

    July 31, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
  13. A Mother

    My Son is gay, and I can't think of a kinder, more truthful, family orientated Man whom God must surely love, at least as much as I do.
    The issue as I see it, is someone who has put his hand, and his money, against this community, and disapproves of them making families for themselves because the parents are not man and woman. I am familiar with members of the LGB community who have adopted children. These families very often adopt those children who are 'unacceptable" to the wider "straight' community because of the challenges they face, i.e: physically or mentally challenged; bi-racial; older; born of drug or alcohol dependant mothers.
    I don't dare speak for God, but Jesus said. – "What you do for the least of my children, you do for me".
    If you're prepared to adopt these children who were discarded by presumably 'straight' mothers and fathers, and are prepared to love and nuture them unconditionally, then fight to ban gay marriages,if not, step aside.

    July 31, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
    • Proud to be American

      In the end Dear Mother, it is this quality of inclusiveness, acceptance, love, and tolerance that makes you obsolete in America. The founding fathers may have been proud of you, but the rabidly ignorant masses will not be.

      America should be defined by freedom and open mindedness, not by Christianity or by edicts issued by a group of illiterate tea baggers. The spirit of inclusiveness and acceptance is the same spirit that has spurred achievement and invention.

      Gays should be allowed at the same rights as heterosexual people. We hold these truths to be self-evident.

      Thank you for your post.

      July 31, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
    • BainDasKapital

      Thank you for that beautiful statement.

      July 31, 2012 at 11:07 pm |
    • Rob-Texas

      Americans shouldn't be fighting gay marriage. They should be fighting the US goverment to stop marring people to begin with in the first place. It wasn't until the latter part ofthe 1800's that the goverment got involved, trying to stop interatial marriages. American's should have stopped it right then and there. Then the new deal came along and governement completely took over who you can marry, who you can designat at a benaficary, etc. Time to take the governement out of marriage completely- true seperaton of church and state. Not some montra speak. Everyone can designate a non related, adult age partner for all Governement and insurance benifits. Divorce laws changed to handle partnerships that are disolved. Churchs perform marriages, so if your LBGT and you want to get married. Find a church that will marry you, there are plenty. Then the judgement is between you and God, where it belongs.

      August 1, 2012 at 10:51 am |
    • Springsgranny

      I agree with you! Therer are 3 Lesbians in my family and they are the best Mothers you could find. How sad it is that people can't see the good and only want to shove their insensitive remarks down people's throats who they DON'T EVEN KNOW! Just reading these anti gay posts, shows me that you have perverted ideas about gays and lesbians. Did Christianity teach you that? How do you know all these things you pretend to know? I am a Christian, not a fanatic Christian like some of you. I can say with confidence, from seeing with my own eyes, that the people you choose to put down only want to live a life with equal rights. You may have your opinion, but don't bully people with it. I think God would much prefer if you treated one another with compassion and love instead of HATE! Get another hobby!

      August 1, 2012 at 11:23 am |
  14. semper fi

    Article VI
    I will never forget that I am an American,responsible for my actions,and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in The United States of America.

    July 31, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
    • scott bleyle

      I love my country but fear my Government

      July 31, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
      • semper fi

        You Fear what You cannot See.......

        July 31, 2012 at 9:40 pm |
        • Never like the Chicky food anyway

          ...you fear what you cannot see? Is that a reference to that god thingy that told Caty to disrespect gays?

          August 1, 2012 at 10:07 am |
    • Proud to be American

      I am proud of my country made free by the genocide of one people and the enslavement of another.

      July 31, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
      • semper fi

        Sadly,War can be defined in many ways.

        July 31, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
      • Rob-Texas

        As much as we hate some of our history, this is also a contry the freed teh people that were enslaved. Saved the world twice, and liberated people that were truely forced into genocide. What happened to the American indians was not genocide in those terms. Disease from contact with Europeans played a large roll.

        August 1, 2012 at 11:02 am |
      • Jack 1

        We're not proud to have you as an American. Your views are warped and twisted.

        August 1, 2012 at 11:14 am |
  15. fixedstarsrise

    I wonder if Mr. Cathy has read the Gay Creation Story, which, after centuries of suppression, can finally be told. It is called "Fixed Stars Rise," and it is available at Amazon.

    July 31, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
    • Proud to be American

      Unlike you, Mr Cathy is a true American who doesn't read or travel, to avoid polluting his pristine ideology. That's why we proud Americans stand with Mr Cathy.

      July 31, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
      • Rob-Texas

        Seems like you know him personally, and apperently all Americans. You are so proud to be one but are discussed by everything America has done in the past and you must feel hurt. Yet, you get to sit at a computer or own a smart phone and have access to the internet. You even get to type any message that will make it past GNN sensors. What a horrible contry, how can you be proud?

        August 1, 2012 at 11:19 am |
      • Craig

        LOL.... you crack me up!

        August 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  16. Steven

    I still have not had anyone explain to me how come two same sex partners have to have the same name for thier union as a man and a women. I am only saying that "marrage" is the name of something unique between a man and a women. Someone did say that marrage was the civil union of a loving couple, but I believe that is redefining marrage, I believe the proper definition is "the legal union of a man and a women as husband and wife". All this said I am completely fine as long as I am allowed to refer to a union of same sex partners as a "homosexual-marrage" or "gay-marrage", and not as husband and wife but "gay-partners." Is this okay!!! I will state this specifically when I meet these folks and would expect they would not get angry at that.

    July 31, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
    • Craig

      It's simply this: "separate but equal" isn't equal. Thousands of laws are defined using the word "marriage" and people tend to go by the letter of the law. If you go somewhere & tell them you are in a "civil union" they assume that since you are not "married" that you don't have the same rights even when in some states you do. This has become very clear in the case of New Jersey where couples in civil unions have been repeatedly refused rights they are entitled to because they were not "married" and the other party didn't understand (or in may cases didn't want to understand) that they had the same rights as married couples. If the word didn't matter then we wouldn't care, but it DOES matter and all couples should be treated equally under the law. Apparently it requires the use of the word "marriage" to accomplish this.

      August 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  17. Proud to be American

    Peter Tchaikovsky and Alan Turing were gay. I'm glad Chick Fil A trying to pray the Gay away. Imagine having to endure Swan Lake and to have to comprehend the Theory of Computation. So un-American (in fairness one of them was a Russian). Arts and science are both un-Christian and un-American : creation of commie tree hugger liberals. We like to live naturally in America the way nature and God intended us to.

    July 31, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
  18. Proud to be American

    Same sex marriage is un-American. Just the same as gun control, health care for those who can't afford it, belief in Darwin's theory of evolution, a uniform tax code, a Graduate Degree (reserved for the elite) and a knowledge of English Grammar. Chick Fil A has taken a bold stand in standing up for American values. And they make me proud.

    July 31, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • Craig

      LOL.... still cracking me up!!

      August 1, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  19. Ken

    Well now kimberlyclack adds another brillant comment.

    July 31, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
  20. Ken

    Guess what. I've heard enough of the sick disgusting gay crap. Since the gays are so proun of themselves go do the sick things you do and enjoy it. Just keep your mouths shut about it and stop trying to force your sick lifestyle on others. Most people don't approve of the gay lifestyle, they don't support you and don't like you or want your sick perverted ways paraded in front of their families and children. It was ADAM and EVE not ADAM and STEVE! Adam and Steve can't reproduce, they couldn't "go forth and multiply" as God said to do. So with that in mind it certainly doesn't appear as though the gay lifestyle is normal now does it? I wonder how long you sickos would last on an island all by yourselves before you all became extinct.

    July 31, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • Proud to be American

      Right on bro. We bigots would procreate effortlessly. And we'd make sure we'd raise a lot of little bigots on an island together in one happy in-bred family.

      July 31, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
      • Never like the Chicky food anyway

        yup, them thar [sic] get married, get lots of little off spring, and then, as the statistics tell us , close to 60% of those christian families get a divorce. Hard to deny facts, they sometimes hurt.

        If as is claimed this country is overwhelmingly christian, then by default the majority of those divorces happen to christian families. Go figure

        August 1, 2012 at 10:13 am |
      • Never like the Chicky food anyway

        @Semper Fi, how HILArIOUS, you want CNN to kiss your c.rack? You MUST BE Gay!!

        August 1, 2012 at 10:16 am |
    • Curtis

      Yea I'm sure Jesus would be real proud of you and your bigotry there buddy.

      July 31, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
    • Really?

      Who do you think is giving birth to all the gays? So, then putting them on island would solve your problem how? It would be a very fun island.

      July 31, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
    • Tired of The Hate

      I am seriously tired of this. Most people don't hate gay people. Most younger Republicans don't hate gay people. Most young Republicans actually agree that gay people should be allowed to get married. The moment we defined marriage as a legally binding contract (that's what it is according to the government), we had a civic responsibility to redefine that definition as the social and legal climate changed. This is not the 1950s anymore. This is the 2010's. Things have changed a lot. I have had enough of this hate from "Christians". I am a straight man, and the main reason why I am loath to say I am "Christian" is because of the people like you that can't shut that hate spewing filth-filled hole in your face. Nowhere in the Gospels does Jesus decry homosexuality... nowhere. And Paul? Let's talk about Saul (Paul), the 13th Apostle. Someone who spent half his life helping the authorities brutally kill Christians before he became one. Do you really want to quote Romans I and II knowing that now?

      July 31, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
    • noillusion

      I would bet you cannot wrap your choked mind around this, but, bisexuals can reproduce.

      July 31, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
    • jungleboo

      @Ken coo coo

      July 31, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
    • travis

      Considering the fact earth is doomed to be overpopulated in the near future, probably already overpopulated, the gays may help save the human race by slowing down the process :)

      July 31, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
    • Kimmie

      So, Ken, are you saying that a man and woman shouldn't be able to get married if they cannot produce children??? I think that's what I got out of your logic, so older Americans or those with reproductive troubles shouldn't bother?? If you want to "protect" marriage, you should push for the total ban of the practice of divorce!!

      August 1, 2012 at 12:09 am |
    • Never like the Chicky food anyway

      So Adam and Eve had their off spring, and those darn kids the fornicated with each other and committed incest? (nobody else around to fool with) Isn't the bible against incest? Didn't Noah do his daughter or so, as well?

      August 1, 2012 at 10:14 am |
      • Tim from Toledo

        I'm pretty sure, according to the Bible, that Eve had something like 63 children......with about half of them being female.

        Always cracks me up when people turn to the Bible to state their case. If Adam and Eve were the first two people on the planet – did the remainder of our poulation come from incestual relationships? I don't see any other way it could have happened – if you believe what is written. That is a lot more twisted than anything the gay and lesbian community is doing....


        August 1, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
      • JPopNC

        Adam and Eve had over 90 children and yes, brothers and sisters did marry, however 'incest' wasn't an issue then because the bloodlines were pure and had none of the issues that would result as we have today. Had to be done to populate the earth.

        God ceased inter-family marriages at the time of Abraham and Sarah.

        August 1, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • Tim from Toledo

      I'm guessing Ken made it all the way through 3rd grade before he entered adult life!
      What do you do for a living, Ken? I'm sure it took years of education to acquire the skills needed to do whatever you do.....maybe 3 or 4 weeks of really intense studying.
      Please don't come back and post that you are a Doctor or Lawyer – your post made it all too clear that you are about as dumb as a rock.

      August 1, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • Craig

      Ken, sweetie, you heteros do the same "sick disgusting" things that we gays do.... love each other, raise families, pay taxes, build homes and communites, etc. You also do the same "sexual" things we do – and since there are more of you, a lot more of you are doing them than us.... So pot, realize your own blackness before pointing to the kettle!

      August 1, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  21. scott bleyle

    when did gay become synonymous with homosexual? Are they happy all the time ? attempt to normalize aberrant behavior.

    July 31, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • Craig

      Actually we do seem to be happier on average than most of the heteros I know.... not ALL the time of course, but quite a lot of the time.

      August 1, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  22. Laurie

    I don't get the backlash here.... I mean, a man was talking to a baptist newspaper.... and somehow the media picked up part of what he said and people are going crazy over it. I don't understand how being "for" something it means your "anti" something else. Of course, I don't get the whole fight to begin with... I find America has much bigger problems at hand with more serious consequences. Easy solution... all unions in the eyes of the government be "civil unions".... after all, statistics show 50% end up in cilvil court. Then let the Christians have their term... "Marriage." This fight over one word seems ridiculous. Gay people have no problem labeling themselves as Gay.... Christians have no problem labeling themselves as Christians.... In the image maintenance society we have become.... Let each have their own label for marriage too. Then... maybe we can move on and get to matters that really effect this future of this nation... Like our national debt, the fact our schools are sub-par and our kids can't compete in the global economy, or the poverty that no one likes to talk about... or even see. Those... are much bigger problems than this.

    July 31, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • Alejandra M

      You are spot on my dear. If only the rest of the class would do their homework. :)

      July 31, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
    • Sick of Ignorance

      If you were being discriminated against based on your life, I think you would feel differently about this not being a big issue. Also we have learned as a country that seperate but equal does not work, so why should we forget about our past lessons now. We teach our children history for a reason, so that we don't make the same mistakes twice.

      August 1, 2012 at 4:26 am |
      • Steve

        Oh but I am being discriminated against. I'm a straight white American christian middle class guy. This means I get ignored by the government, demonized by the leftist minorities that make up the demo base, hated by you. and divested of my assets if I get tired of paying for other people's abortions. I think you should get over your genetic disorder. I'm equally sick of the gay marriage struggle being compared to the black struggle for civil rights. Being black is not a genetic disorder.

        August 1, 2012 at 7:17 am |
        • Rob-Texas

          Same boat as Steve and see the discrimation all the time. Somewhere it became the norm to hate white middle class men to get back for what previous generations have done.

          August 1, 2012 at 11:06 am |
        • Tim from Toledo

          Poor Steve. I'm a straight white middle class American as well......
          I am extremely successful, I don't hate people because of their sexual preference, I don't claim that gay people have a "genetic disorder" and thus should be treated poorly, and I certainly don't feel discriminated against by my own country....

          I am not, however, Christian.

          It appears that your religious views are holding you back, Steve.....must be some kind of disorder.

          August 1, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
        • Craig

          Actually the only discrimination I have seen against white middle class men has come from the very rich and large corporations. Over the last 40 or so years they have continuously pushed this group further and further down the economic ladder. Folks who were considered "upper" middle class 25 or so years ago have now slipped to lower middle class – and those who used to be in the "lower" group are now into the poverty levels. This has been a direct consequence of the continued push for "supply side" economics and corporate deregulation from wealthy "conservatives". This setup guarantees the continued growth of their wealth at the expense of everyone below their economic standing. It can't continue forever and will eventually collapse. The recent recession was a direct result of these policies.

          August 1, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
        • Sick of Ignorance

          Being ignored and being told that you can't do something that everyone else is allowed to do is very different so please stop trying to play the victim you sound stupid. You are only demonized because you spout ignorant sh*t, do some real research and not just looking at other religious zealots. I don't hate you but I do hate the actions that you take and the others like you, the gay people of america do not affect you, if gay marriage is legalized your church does not have to marry homosexuals and you can live can live in you sad hatred filled bubble.

          August 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • Rob-Texas

      I agree. Take it out of goverment hands. Let churches marry people, and there are churches that will marry LBGT people. So then our relationships and our actions go back to being judged by God.

      August 1, 2012 at 11:15 am |
    • geeky

      "I don't understand how being "for" something it means your "anti" something else."

      Here's your explanation:

      1. When you say you are "for traditional marriage", everyone knows what you mean is that you are against same gender marriages. Of course being "for traditional marriage" sounds better than being "anti gay marriage", but everyone knows those phrases mean the same thing.
      2. When your business donates millions of dollars to groups that are actively working against gay marriage, it is presumed that you and your business are also against it.

      August 1, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • Craig

      Once again, Laurie, "separate but equal" is NOT equal – never has been, never will be.

      August 1, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  23. Liz

    Its nice to see an article that's on the same page with me and hopefull others. As a lesbian I respect that Dan Cathy had every right to state his beliefs. I how ever don't respect and take complete issue with the company saying they're inclusive adn respect everyone but like the author said..take our dollars and turn them against us. Its like saying your all about local business's and fair wages but you love to shop at Walmart a destroyer of both.

    July 31, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • Rob-Texas

      No its not the same. Business owners make money and run a business to do just that. How they invest the profits is up to them. If you don't want to eat there that is your right. I have never seen anyone treated with disrespect at a Chick-Fil-a, including LBGT. I live in Houston so I probably see more LBGT people in a week than most Americans see in a year. Its a resturant, and they treat everyone the same. If you want to stop eating there in protest, go ahead. Mr. Cathy has done nothing wrong.

      August 1, 2012 at 11:23 am |
  24. ash

    its because he spoke against gay marriage,it would be okay if he had his beliefs but kept them to himself.I myself don't care about gay marriage if you want to marry that's fine by me gay or straight.

    July 31, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • Steve

      See, you've hit the nail on the head there without knowing it. This is exactly how liberals are. Everybodies welcome to have an opinion as long as it's theirs. Free speech is great until it bothers them.

      August 1, 2012 at 6:59 am |
      • Tim from Toledo

        Just as you are bothered by what "ash" says, right Steve?
        Pot calling the kettle black.....

        August 1, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
  25. burnz

    Why stop at Chik-a-fil? Let's stop buying McCain products, how about all those other chains owned by hater-Republicans? This is the best form of protest, those people only care about money.

    July 31, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • scott bleyle

      Chic-fil-homosexual day, sure know how twist words.

      July 31, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • Laurie

      This is what I don't understand.... You say Republican haters.... yet, you sound a little hateful yourself? Your argument cuts both ways, and the hypocrisy of this entire situation is showing the insanity of where our country is at.

      What about the fact Rahm Emanuel stating his contempt with Chick Fil A... yet you see him by Louis Farrakhan, Nation of Islam leader... who has made very public statements on his opinion of gay marriage / people. So... Chick Fil A is not what Chicago needs but Louis Farrakhan and his opinion is? Really....

      Sorry folks... Think this is a huge political game for the politician.... given it's 2012. To bad people's lives are being played with.... Not just those who are gay, but the owners and workers of Chick Fil A

      July 31, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
      • mark

        What a ridiculous comment. Comparing people who hate bigotry to bigots. How stupid can a person be?

        July 31, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
        • Steve

          Apparently stupid enough to ignore the fact that Rombo is in bed with Farakahn who openly despises gay people and gay marriage yet get all up in arms about a chicken sandwich. I'll grant you it's more ok to hate a chicken sandwich than it is gay people. But Rombo talks out both sides of his mouth and is just trying to make up to what is probably his disgust with himself for shaking Farakahns hand by trying to beat more chikin. Me? I'll celebrate their anti chicken day by taking my entire family to chik fil a for dinner as it's just ridiculous enough to deserve a response.

          August 1, 2012 at 4:43 am |
    • pasinez

      Of the chicken eaters some perfer Chicken Olay for quality and cleaness and Christian bashing won't influence their choice of eating places at lunch time. But assumeing it could, do those other people really want to have morals alone determine where our money is spent? Those who practice the Christian faith can be compared to the silent manority and something like this may be all it takes to awaken them.

      August 1, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  26. rightnow333

    There is no reason that Christians should lash out at the gay community. Christians should not choose to be enemies with any group. There is reason to speak out in favor of families and to promote laws that protect Christianity, but no reason at all to blast people they disagree with. Even if the gays are blasting Christians. Remember who you are.

    July 31, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • kimberlyclark

      if Christians don't approve of gays they should have their tubes tied or practice abstinence because any couple can conceive a gay child. There is no way to prevent it. There is nothing sadder than an unloved or un-accepted child. Christians need to stop having children, they are only contributing to the gay "problem"

      July 31, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • Curtis

      Some Christians .. and you know who you are . .. bash gay people because deep down inside they have had gay thoughts. Look at recent history. Think back on how many religious and political leaders who speak and organize against gay marriage and homosexuals in general end up getting busted themselves. Wouldn't it be nice to live in a country where people didn't care if Adam married Steve.

      July 31, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
    • Proud to be American

      As you correctly observe my proud American friend, Gays are a separate group from Christians. No Gays are Christians. And every Christian is a straight laced hetero. And only Christians can be Americans. And Americans cannot be Gays. There's a complex Venn diagram here but it makes sense to all of red blooded Americans proud to be free and at home in the land of the free to be like us.

      July 31, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
      • Lamar Jackson

        A very narrow minded view my friend. You are entitled to your opinion, but it is just that an opinion. The fact is that there are millions of Gay Americans and millions more Gay Christians throughout the world. Not my opinion, just the facts.

        July 31, 2012 at 11:28 pm |
      • hmmm....

        You know, 'Proud to be American', I think some of your hardcore stance against the 'liberal commies' and 'the gays' speaks more about your own insecurities as a person.

        Aside from that, you seem out of your mind. I guess I will content myself to believe you are a 15 year old troll who lashes out just for attention.


        PS – As a heterosexual born in CT, I fancy myself just as American as anyone else who has met the citizenship requirements put forth by the Constitution, and I look forward to fighting all that you claim to stand for.

        July 31, 2012 at 11:54 pm |
      • Jack 1

        Why do liberals hate Christians? because they don't agree that you should be with the same sex? I mean after all we were given different body parts. Why should we take the cure when you are the one with the problem and confusion of whet gender to be with?

        August 1, 2012 at 11:17 am |
      • Jack 1

        Why do liberals hate Christians? because they don't agree that you should be with the same gender? I mean after all we were given different body parts. Why should we take the cure when you are the one with the problem and confusion of whet gender to be with?

        August 1, 2012 at 11:18 am |
  27. Razorback

    You wanna talk about hate and bigotry? Scroll through the comments-most of the hateful and bigoted posts are from those who claim to be on "the right side of history". If you don't agree with the owners of Chick-fil-a, don't eat there. Let the marketplace decide. You don't want Christians to force their beliefs on you-fine-but don't try to force your beliefs on them. BTW, the Chick-fil-a in my town, which is in that bigoted, conservative, bibletarded place known as Baltimore County, Maryland had the drive-through line backed up out onto the main road. Keep boycotting, folks-Chic may have a record year thanks to you!

    July 31, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  28. Gay and Proud of It

    Looking at the picture, I would not eat there. The fries are wrinkled, thin, and some appear to have come from an over ripe potato. The breaded fish sandwich looks horrible. Wouldn't it be wonderful for all the towns that have a Chick-fil-A to have gay parades end at these resturants and put on an hour or two show for the Chick-fil-A customers.

    July 31, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • Rob

      Actually, the fries look good. Chik-fil-A has good sandwiches, but their waffle fries are not very good.

      July 31, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • Scott

      Since the article wasn't obvious enough for you...let me point out that the picture shows food from the gay restaurant...not Chick-fil-A...but I agree, it does look awful.

      July 31, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
      • Just Sayin'@Scott

        I've been to Hearty when in Chicago on business, and the food was lousy and WAY overpriced.

        July 31, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
  29. Rob

    It's interesting, there is not one cogent, analytical, well supported argument against gay marriage in this entire thread. It's all a bunch of "the bible says...", "Gays are disgusting"... "Jaysus said.." Interesting and very telling.

    July 31, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • Proud to be American

      As a proud American, ignorance is my birthright. Who says I need to make a cogent argument? Only the commies and the liberals. Sheesh.

      July 31, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • Watfer

      Rob, how can you support the insupportable? This is the same argument the creationists sling when trying to support their arguments. They have no science to support their claims, just faith. Sadly that's not enough for those of us with anything resembling an education.

      July 31, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  30. ARE you SERIOUS..

    being gay is not like your hispanic, white, or black. its a preference. so if i think men dating men is nasty, it doesn't mean i hate the person. i just dont agree with what they do or like. if i dont like pepsi am i gonna get protested by all the pepsi drinkers??

    July 31, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • Proud to be American

      Very true. Just as being ignorant, intolerant and bigoted is a preference and my right, and I intend to exercise it to uphold my constitutional freedom and my God. If we all fall for this inclusiveness and equality for all, we'll soon lose our guns, our freedoms, and our taxes will go up along with our IQs.

      July 31, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
    • bigot

      yet it isnt a preference. It isnt a choice.

      If you think otherwise, please explain when you made the conscious decision to be straight. Please explain why hom...o...se...xu...ality runs rampant in the animal kingdom. Are they preferring to be gay rather than straight?

      July 31, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
      • McCave

        You guys have bought into your own lies. You're drinking the Kool Aid and think that it's unchangeable and the animal kingdom is full of self fulfilled gays.

        July 31, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
        • Sick of Ignorance

          You are clearly uneducated, homosexuality is present in several different species of animals.

          August 1, 2012 at 4:20 am |
    • McCave

      Amen! Thank you. Too many people are afraid to say that it is a LIFE STYLE. So you're born that way... big deal. It doesn't mean you have to live that way. Sandusky was a pedophile . He didn't have to live it out.

      July 31, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
      • Sick of Ignorance

        You cannot compare being in a consensual relationship to being a stagitory rapist, homosexuals could live their life in the closet but it's definitely not your place or anyone else's to choose that life for them.

        August 1, 2012 at 4:16 am |
  31. Just Sayin'

    There are way more Christians than gays in this country.

    July 31, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • bigot

      and there are way more muslims in the world than christians....what is your point?

      July 31, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  32. USAAmazed

    We have finally addressed the following: world hunger, child abuse, cancer, oil prices, the election, democrats, republicans, terrorism, veterans, homelessness, weak economy, global warming, crime rate, unemployment just to name a few so that now we can argue about a chicken eatery owner and stating his beliefs with no impact to his employment or his customers. Wow, we really know where to focus our efforts. On the important stuff like this... (sarcasm for those who aren't catching it) For Christians, like myself, you won't win any over in this blog. For the non-Christians, you won't convert any of us here. You don't like what the CEO of CF said, don't eat there. If you do, eat there. Find something that is impactful and invest your time in that. This is rediculous.

    July 31, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  33. Hugh Jass

    Whatever. They aren't going to open any new ones without a fight, and the old ones are going to lose money. I suspect that they will close about half their units and restructure, and that Bubba Cathy will have less money to give his lobbyists from now on.

    July 31, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  34. KeepYourHopeAndChange

    So when can we expect the Christian Pride Day at your restaurants? If you are so inclusive?

    July 31, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
    • BD

      In keeping with his point, you can expect Christian Pride day at his restaurant right after a major national chain expresses its view that Christians aren't entitled to the same rights and freedoms as everyone else.

      July 31, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
      • Keep Your Hope and Change

        How nobel...and stupid.

        July 31, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
  35. ug

    The gays can go get their weines fried the worthless bong hole bleeding perverts...I like this place to go to eat...on my out the door right now to go there...LOL!

    July 31, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
    • Proud to be American

      Another bigot who shuns spelling coz we don't need no educatification. An American I am proud to call my fellow American. You go to that Chick Fil A coz we are the land of the free for the people like us.

      July 31, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • Hugh Jass

      Or maybe you are kinda fabulous and you hope that being seen near Chick-Fil-A will help you with the ladies? Pro Tip: stop choking your chicken; ladies can tell if you do that.

      July 31, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
      • Trailor Lover

        Ya mean the chix notice my hunched back and hairy palms?


        July 31, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  36. Keith's

    Haha... Comparing your crap restaurant to chik fil a. They can afford to lose business. You can't afford not to do business.. Enjoy hell!!

    July 31, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • Go Team USA

      Preach it Keith!! I totally agree, you have a wonderful day!

      July 31, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • Lydia

      Don't worry Karma is a bitch. Best Buy stood by Michael Vick too. Look at how they are going bankrupt. Size didn't help them either. Evil will go down. Bye Bye Chick Fil A.

      July 31, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  37. Sly

    There are 2 major errors in assumption by the author of this piece and by many gay and lesbian people in general where is comes to the perspective of people who favor the Biblical definition of marriage.

    The first incorrect assumption is that having a belief that conflicts with someone else's belief constitutes "judgement" of that person. This is a hug illogical crutch a lot of people use in ordeer to try to villify others. Acknowledging that God clearly states that something is right and something is wrong and attempting to live one's life accordingly does NOT imply that anyone is judging anyone else. Cathy is not saying that gay and lesbian people are bad or going to hell. He's just saying that his religion states what is right and wrong, and that he agrees with and attempts to follow it by example. Cathy is not condoning judging or being cruel to anyone. He's simply saying that he's bound to a set of beliefs, and he's willing to sacrifice monetarily to prove it, just like every Chik Fil A is closed every Sunday.

    The second incorrect assumption is that opposing gay marriage is an "attempt to destroy families," which is pretty much a direct quote from the author. How is the status of the legality of gay marriage going to destroy anyone's family? Gay people have been having families for a long time, with or without legalized marriage. People are free to define families any way they want to and live their lives accordingly.

    I have a problem with gay and lesbian people demonizing anyone who disagrees with their lifestyle with inaccurate and intentionally inflammatory rhetoric, as if anyone who has a different opinion than theirs is somehow evil and trying to destroy them personally.

    July 31, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • /b/

      My imaginary friend can kick your imaginary friend's ass.

      August 1, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • lsusen

      I believe the author is referring to how the restaurant donates its money, not the recent statement of its owner.

      August 1, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
      • Joy B

        I saw no mention of how the organization spends its money. "They are on the wrong side of history" pretty much sums up what he thinks, that anyone who does not espouse his view is wrong.

        August 1, 2012 at 10:28 pm |
    • Jake

      Hmm, not everyone in America believe in Jesus, Mohammad, Moses or whatever name you would like to invoke for GOD. The bible is just one aspect of life for all religions. Many people in the US does not follow the bible, therefore who in their right mind can tell another person what they can or can't do in life? Whatever happened to "Thou Shalt Not Judge"? Quite frankly, as a heterosexual person, I don't give a damn what anybody think what another person should do behind closed door. It's none of our business. We need to throw away all of the bibles to get rid of HATRED toward one or another. RELIGIONS ARE THE TRUE DIVIDER OF EARTH. If you don't believe this statement, just look within yourself why people hate gays, black, white, asians, hispanics, and all other forms of life?

      Personally, I think most people are ignorant as they only see what the person is, not who they are! No wonder why our founding fathers got sick and tired of all religious warfares fighting for centuries. They only reason why the 1st amendment came about is to allow any individual the freedom of speech when it came to religion without being ostracize with "Blasphemy". This country is getting worst than the extremists of all religions.

      That's a SHAME! Shame on people using GOD to make themselves thinking they are better than the next person because they are following SUPPOSEDLY GOD WORDS! HYPOCRITE!!

      August 1, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • shamgar50

      Sly, I love how your type wants to be treated respectfully, while you work to deprive other Americans of their rights. In my book, you're as evil and bigoted as any hood wearing yahoo out their!

      August 2, 2012 at 9:30 am |
  38. JayDiesel

    I am a heterosexual man, meaning that i am only sexually attracted to females. I despise the terms "Gay" and "Straight".
    When a homosexual calls us "straight" that is like implying that we are without sin. When a heterosexual call them "Gay" that is like implying that they are all completely happy. Both of these descriptions are false. So let me get this "straight", marriage has already been defined for thousands of years as between one man and one woman. This definition of marriage can be found in a modern dictionary. People who support this ages old definition are horrible bigots, and the people who chose to re-define marriage as (any consenting adults who want to can) are open minded and tolerant. I mean how dare they want to keep marriage as what its always been. We are bombarded daily with homosexual affirmations, otherwise there wouldn't be so many TV characters that are "gay". So in summation the Majority is wrong and has to change their ways to conform with the Minority as not to hurt any feelings. WHAT?

    July 31, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • Andy

      Jay, marriage has not been defined for thousands of years as one man and one woman. Often it was one man and several women like King Solomon who had 700 wives and 300 concubines. Women could not own property so they were often married to men who wanted control of her father's property. There also has been some historic same-sex marriages in the past including Roman emperors. There is also a history of ethnic groups like the Navajo who believed in more than what we would today call heterosexual orientation.

      The word Gay was used by homosexuals men to refer to carefree and uninhibited whereas the word Straight was used heterosexuals to describe themselves as not being "crooked" like homosexuals. In the UK homosexuals are even still referred to as "bent." Personally, it's up to Chik-Fil-A how they want to conduct business and I don't have to spend my money there. I do not agree that mayors can block businesses, but, I appreciate the mayors' intent behind the message. It was only a month and a half ago that National Organization for Marriage was promoting "Dump Starbucks for their support of same-sex marriage. Personally, I believe that marriage is either a religious bond for a portion of the country, or a civil bond for the other portion. Our laws have supported the notion of civil marriages since inception and I don't think any religion should be forced to offer marriage to same-sex couples if they can't see it in their hearts or doctrines to do so.

      August 1, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
  39. TSB8C

    So Steve says "There’s no honor, dignity and respect in thanking a client for a purchase and using LGBT dollars to fund programs aimed at destroying our families" and then goes on to state that he intends to use dollars from his straight customers to do the same thing. Is he saying he asks his customers their sexual orientation before they pay for their food or how does he even know? With only about 2% of the US population claiming to be gay, there's a 98% chance he is using "non gay" dollars to fund his personal beliefs and causes.

    July 31, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  40. The Bible reads...

    Love thy enemy.. Smile on your brother everybody get together, try to love one another right now.

    July 31, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • Proud to be American

      That's the leftist's interpretation of the Bible. Love has no place in America. All you really want to do is to take away our guns, freedom, and raise our taxes in the name of love. Please move to Canada.

      July 31, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
      • I'm an American...

        And I say let's go back to the way it was 20 years ago where you never heard about gays, lesbians, liberals...when no-one cared that Jesus was in the schools and when obama wasn't in office. When people worked hard, raised their families. With the way it's going now everyone who is liberal, socialist, gay, and lesbian want to take America and completely change it. America was founded on Jesus, the Bible, morals, etc... Let's keep it that way!!! It's worked for years, who are you to change it!!!

        July 31, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
        • Yeti

          America was NOT founded on Jesus and the Bible. Sorry, history tells us otherwise. As for morals, there are none when you refuse any American the same rights you enjoy. I am sorry, but you sir, do not reflect the America I think of.

          July 31, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
        • Former Marine

          So you want to go back to the days when everyone who wasn't a straight white christian was marginalized and ostracized? Perfect! I'm guessing that you're a straight white christian.

          July 31, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
        • toml0864@yahoo.com

          20 years ago? You mean 1992. What a simpleton.

          July 31, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
        • BD

          I saw we go back to a time when people knew history........

          July 31, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
        • Hugh Jass

          What are you, a schoolkid? The good old days of 1992? You are talking about the 1950s, which were horrible unless you were white and middle-class. You were lucky if you got to 12th grade without dying from polio or scarlet fever or worms or something. Cars were death-traps and everyone was flashing hydrogen bombs at each other. You don't know what you are talking about. It's better today.

          July 31, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
        • Watfer

          Oh. You mean 20 years ago when YOU didn't know anything about LGBT community. You're screen name has officially been changed to Ostrich.because that "community", those types of people, their kind, as it's been so derogatorily & demographically segregated, has been around for centuries. Brush up on history that's taught outside the mobile home park.

          July 31, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
        • Kelly Meagher

          @ I'm an American, '20 years ago there was Jesus in the schools" I am not sure where that was at, as I was in school in 80's and 90's and you could not have a teacher led a prayer or talk about the bible in a public school classroom. What happen in locker rooms and football fields is another story. Also 30 years ago Ronald Regan was talking about welfare queen ruining the United States, and we knew about AIDS in 1986 and gays. Also in the 1980's was a spike in welfare and food stamps. 20 yrs ago, 1992, we talked about welfare people selling their food stamps for beer and drugs. Also we were talking gays and AIDS again. Also the 1990's showed a decline in church membership. Where is this america that is hard working. church going and gay free? It has not been around for a very long time.

          July 31, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
        • A child of the 70's

          Kelly M. I was born in the late 70's and was in school in the 80's and 90's and we had prayer every morning, talked about God openly, and said the pledge of allegiance to the American flag. So I'm wondering where did you go to school? Maybe that's what's wrong???

          July 31, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
        • Jeffrey James

          You're absolutely right, but Satan has blinded people who think they are now above God. Hopefully it won't be long. Let's pray that Jesus comes quick. Satan has been very busy the past 20 years. Just look how vicious and vocal the gays are.

          August 1, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
        • KPMCO

          Thank you Adolf.

          August 1, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
      • Hold that thought

        You sound like a nut job. Go grab your glock or H & K and just start blasting people like that fool in Coloado that I hope rots in h-ll!

        July 31, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
      • BD

        Thats so offensive I actually had to laugh, I picture you as having foam frothing out of your mouth as you type that.

        July 31, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
    • derp

      "That's the leftist's interpretation of the Bible. Love has no place in America. All you really want to do is to take away our guns, freedom, and raise our taxes in the name of love. Please move to Canada"

      Blue states pay far more in taxes than do the bibletard states.

      Your welcome.

      July 31, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
      • Proud to be American

        Right on bro. The bibletards pay less in taxes because they believe they answer to a higher calling. Just you wait, your day of reckoning is coming. You'll see yourself descend into a gunless lawless spiritual quagmire of compassion and equality and inclusiveness to make you want to wish for the good old days of the Wild Wild West where arguments were won with guns and bibles. We bibletards know how to tell it like it is. We may be ignorant, but we aren't stupid.

        July 31, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
        • Hold that thought

          You sound like a nut job. Go grab your glock or H & K and just start blasting people like that fool in Coloado that I hope rots in h-ll!

          July 31, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
        • BD

          Dude, you're so right. This whole time I'd been thinking it was the complete aversion to eduction and an overiding belief that God will make it all ok.

          Whatever happened to: He helps those who help themselves?

          July 31, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
        • Hugh Jass

          Put down the crackpipe.

          July 31, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  41. Reluctant Support

    Not a huge Chick-Fil-A fan, but I will be supporting Chick-Fil-A tomorrow. I don't disapprove of gay unions, and in fact think "civil unions" should be the official government term for both gay and straight so the religious can get on with their lives. But, I am sick to death of the venomous, hypocritical and frankly bigoted actions of some LGBT marriage supporters. Cathy didn't seek out this situation, he was asked a question and he answered it honestly. I don't care even a little if you disagree with his answer, he's still entitled to his opinion (regardless of which side history comes down on or how much we disagree with them). Denying people the right to practice business or expand one, especially in this economy, based on someone's beliefs, is ridiculous. And the real loser here isn't Cathy (who will still be rich regardless of the opposition), it's all the workers who are being denied jobs who could use that job to support their families and better their lives.

    July 31, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • Wishing everyone peace

      Thank you Reluctant Supporter, well said. Everyone needs to practice tolerance, if we as a nation and as a world do not stop hating we're going to see another type of holocaust.

      July 31, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
  42. Boris

    So funny how touchy the religious wackos on here are about the word "marriage" ...

    Tell you what - let's give full legal rights of "marriage" to anyone engaging in a civil unions. And regardless of which sexes are getting "married", let's call any wedding conducted in a court house a "civil union." Religious unions of any sex can be conducted at the discretion of the religious institutions (meaning the priest, rabbi,etc. can say "yay" or "nay" whenever they so choose) .

    Boom - problem solved.

    July 31, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • Exactly..

      Boris – you are exactly right. As a 'bibletard' – love that term – I couldn't agree with you more (I realize this is an ironic agreement).

      I frankly don't give a rip about being forced to wait 60 days for a gun permit or if I have to pay 1-2% more on my income if I'm in the upper 20%. But – keep my government out of my religion. Any couple should be required to get a civil union license at their local courthouse – that is a legal contract affording certain rights to the couple. The fact that my aunt (who is lesbian) is not able to visit her partner in an ICU; can't obtain healthcare benefits from her employer and can't be assigned her SSI benfits – IS LUDICROUS!!!

      At the same time – don't tell me that my church needs to affirm that union as a spiritual covenant under the banner of marriage defined in all religious literature (not just the Judeo-Christian bible). It just isn't. Just like a man sleeping around on his wife isn't married in the same sense. Is the definition narrow – yes it is. Does that make it wrong or intolerant? No – just sets apart very specifically what a marriage is.

      The issue is – the LGBT community will not accept the term civil union. Because, just like many right-wing agendas, acceptance as "acceptable and perfectly normal" is critical. The irony is, there is so much effort to be viewed as 'no different', while at the same time so much "pride" in being different. Very confusing.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:42 am |
  43. AcomaBrewery

    He also said he was against divorce but I don't see all the divorcees crying up a storm. Perhaps he is just a religious man and doesn't agree with condoning sin? Is that a crime nowadays?

    July 31, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • Proud to be American

      Yes, we Americans are against sin. It's Unamerican to sin – namely to divorce, to be gay or lesbian, to be muslim, to not bear assault weapons. We God fearing Americans believe in the traditional institution of marriage, just as we believe in that God was created in man's image .. or was it the other way around?. And if we could have our way, we would put the ten commandments in every classroom, courtroom, restaurant so that we will remember the power of divine retribution while clutching our guns in self defense. I'm with you, Acoma Brewery.

      July 31, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • BD

      Divorcees aren't fighting for equal rights at this particular juncture in history.

      July 31, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • Marlin

      He did mention that people in his company were married to their first wives. Meaning that they either did not get a divorce.. or did not remarry after their divorce.

      A common misconception is that the bible says do not get a divorce. If you look at all the passages related to divorce in the new testament it basically says try to make it work, but if you must divorce then do so. However, do not get remarried afterwards.

      August 1, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
  44. Proud to be American

    Another article celebrating alternative lifestyles and inclusiveness from the leftist liberal bleeding heart media. How dare you preach tolerance, acceptance, and equality for all? Seriously, how dare you, Steve? Readers beware – before long, this man will take away your traditional beliefs, destroy the institution of marriage, then take away your guns, and your freedom, and raise your taxes. I'm tellin' ya, stick with the honest stuff from Dan Cathy – who could have stuck to Chicken but was unafraid to speak up for causes he has no real understanding of. It takes courage to speak up and be thought of as a fool and I salute Dan Cathy for having that courage. He's the American we should all aspire to be. Steve, please keep your tree hugging man loving liberal culinary genius Food Network stardom to yourself. We honest Americans got Chick Fil A. We don't need no Coq Au Vin from the country that sent us Freedom Fries.

    July 31, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  45. Canopy

    I had a comment but then I went to read my Bible and opened to Amos 5:12-13

    "For I know how many are your offenses and how great your sins. You oppress the righteous and take bribes and you deprive the poor of justice in the courts. A wise person remains silent at such times, because those times are so evil."

    And just to clarify I am a lesbian. I believe in a higher source and love people regardless of how they feel about me because its EASY to judge. Its a totally different thing to actually take the time to understand people and what they're going through. As all can see, we making tremendous leaps backwards in terms of civility, discourse and humanity. Love is the central theme across ALL religions. Unfortunately as a society we don't spend enough time nurturing our spirit and unfortunately idle hands and minds become the devil's playground.

    "Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God." I decided to end with that scripture because in order to cultivate PEACE one must first surrender to God. Last time I checked, judging people isn't surrendering.

    July 31, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • Proud to be American

      You believe in peace, inclusiveness, and reconciliation. Clearly you are unfit to be American. I can thump my bible much more loudly than you can, especially the bit about an eye for an eye and an assault weapon by my side.

      July 31, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
      • Whatever

        You sound like a nut job. Go grab your glock or H & K and just start blasting people like that fool in Coloado that I hope rots in he–!

        July 31, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
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