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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soundoff (1,614 Responses)
  1. ZORI DOMENECH

    U R AN IDIOT AND MY MONEY AND SO DO MANY OTHERS WILL GO ELSE WHERE, ENJOY YOUR CHICKEN.. U WILL HAVE PLENTY LEFT OVERS

    August 1, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
    • Tacitus Talks

      We have seen your influence today deviant.

      August 1, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
      • edweird69

        We know straight people are NEVER deviant. Bahahhaha

        August 1, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
    • wondering

      sorry we sold out. go eat red meat it will give u cancer.

      August 1, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
    • Scotty Tell it like it is

      Not today they needed extra.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
  2. frank thomas

    The chick filet a fiasco is not about free speech,or gay marriage it is about equality, as long as obtaining a marriage license is a state function, any couple of any nationality or race or sex should be eligible based on equality, how would christians react if legal marriage was only allowed for same sex couples ? Unfortunatly certain people will never change, like those that are against interracial marriage, Equality can only mean one thing, equality for all not the chosen few. OBAMA BEIDEN 2012

    August 1, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • edweird69

      Spot on !

      August 1, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
    • Jack Waterman

      Anyone else notice he mis-spelled BIDEN?? :) Epic fail!

      August 1, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
  3. edweird69

    Christians are not supposed to take their disputes before non-Christian courts or judges. (“If any of you has a dispute with another, dare he take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the saints?” - 1 Corinthians 6:1 NIV) How interesting! Considering that state is separate from church all courts are supposedly “ungodly”. Does this stop Christians from tying up the supreme court with law suits concerning school prayer, abortion, or numerous other absurdities? Hell no it doesn’t, and my taxes are paying the bill for their hypocrisy!

    August 1, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • Marlin

      That passage is true *nods* So. If someone wishes to agree to go before a pastor with a christian and let the pastor make a binding choice, then people can do that.

      If you dont wish to go before an elder ( which means church leaders) with a christian, they have no choice but to go to the legal courts. also consider that scholars analyzing that passage feel that the "another" refrenced means another christian.

      August 1, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
    • Guy Van Wyke

      Oh, if we ALL just had your wisdom edweird69, the problems of the world would all be solved! You have SUCH a grasp on the truth. LOL!

      August 1, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
      • edweird69

        Well thanks Guy. I know I have the truth. Why Jesus just spoke to me the other night, and told me I was right. Now please buy some chicken from me, when I open my new restaurant.

        August 1, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
        • burningchairphotography

          edweird69.... well stated. I believe you :)

          August 1, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
        • Proud to be American

          Jesus speaks to us in mysterious ways. I for one call him each time I am constipated, by yelling, Jesus! And he usually helps, but only after I take my Metamucil -for He helps only those who help themselves.

          August 2, 2012 at 2:09 am |
    • jeff richards

      hey idiot.. the constitution prevents government from imposing their religious ideologies on the people. Secondly, the Fed. Government over reached and violated states rights with the abortion issue and prayer in school. Secondly, it is my right to believe what I wish to believe. And it is not your right to violate my 1st Amendment rights.

      August 2, 2012 at 9:55 am |
  4. Scot

    Alot of BS about nothing !
    Most CEO's are smart enough not to spout out about what they feel sisne it is what they feel not what we feel !
    The BS about boycotting or saying that they cannot do business in their town is still stupid ! I am sure that there are gay and lesbian folks that work for that company but NOW will not say a damn thing .
    So again it is alot of BS about nothing !

    August 1, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
  5. Abomination of Desolation

    Sodomites are utterly incapable of repenting. God has given them over to a reprobate mind as judgement against their gross idolatry (Romans 1). Trying to normalize or cure the cursed of God makes you no better than any other Arminian heretic. Sodomites are sodomites NOT because they hate God, but because GOD HATES THEM! What this world needs is a thousand King Josiah's to tear down the filthy huts of the sodomites. These perverts have two rights: AIDS and DEATH.

    August 1, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
    • ABarker

      As a follower of Jesus Christ, I am here to tell that you are WRONG and out of line. We as children of God are instructed to love EVERYONE. Did you miss the lesson on loving your enemy? Anyone can love those who are like them, it takes a true child of God to love those who are different. You don't have to agree with their opinions and you’re allowed to voice your own opinion but in Christ's LOVE. To spout this kind of hatred screams loud and clear that YOU need to get YOUR heart right with God.

      If you need proof of what Jesus said, read the New Testament. It’s very clear.

      August 1, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
      • Proud to be American

        Someone who has read and internalized the Bible. A misfit.

        August 1, 2012 at 10:15 pm |
  6. Info877

    edwired69...is a N@ZIs he wants to M0B us if we do not agree

    August 1, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
  7. elltee

    The tides have changed? lol hey Steve have you watched the news today? Have you seen the number of people who have showed up to support Chickfila ? lol

    August 1, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
  8. kate

    I have so much respect for Chick fil A for standing up for what they believe in....everyone should be like that.

    August 1, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
    • sexytimechronicles

      do you also have the same respect for those in the gay and lesbian communities standing up for their basic human right to be treated as equals?

      August 1, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
    • alessandria

      do you have that same respect for those in the gay and lesbian communities who are standing up for their basic human rights to be treated as equals?

      August 1, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
  9. Fr33th1nk3r

    After having eaten Chik-Fil-A's food once, I assume people are going there just to support their marriage stance. The chicken patties they serve taste like tanned rubber tire. The bread looks like it got run over by a 18 wheeler.

    Go to McDonalds instead– better fast food, and you don't get a side order of God with it.

    August 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
    • Info877

      Y0u sh0uld Wake up.. what's wr0ng with you... Y0u want to hurt anyone who doesn't believe like you... look at your "BoyCott" schedule on friday... That would hurt all chickfla's employee's and their famlies..
      BUT PEOPLE LIKE YOU DONT CARE about that.... What;s next... you want th3m out of business too???

      August 1, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
  10. Dr. Paul

    Why so many hateful posts from both sides? Let people speak their minds, listen to what they say, and form your own opinion based on logic and human decency. A discussion about a topic like this should include factual information from both sides. If you want to call someone out about an opinion ask them questions about the facts and when their facts are wrong post the truth. The right to an opinion is not wrong, but bullying from either side is. The majority of posts seem mean-spirited, hateful, and rude. How about a little civil discourse? Objective dispassionate conversations never hurt anyone!

    August 1, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
    • edweird69

      My rights should not be subjecated to public opinion. They're supposed to be granted to me under the equal protection clause.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
      • saidso

        People also have the right to disagree. No one is being "silenced". If they guy loses business because of public opinion that's a problem of his own making.

        August 1, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
        • edweird69

          I'm supposed to be protected, not subjected to mob rule.

          August 1, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
      • RXPJGD1

        but yet you denounce the owner's right to free speech..... nice..... your just as much of a bigot as the owner of chic-fil-a.....

        August 1, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
  11. edweird69

    Lining up to make the rich even richer. Shows the mentality of the American people. Many advanced countries gave gays their rights years and years ago.

    August 1, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
    • Info877

      Get me i break you make blank statements like this.. You must be a N@Z! G@Y

      August 1, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
    • Bob Foss

      Yeah, Europe is doing great now.

      August 1, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
    • sean

      *looks at Bill of Rights*
      Exactly what right on there is being denied to you because of your sexual preference?

      August 1, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
  12. Info877

    People are broke.. and the GAY5 in there self rightous talk are really just like the N@Z!'5 they want to force their
    idea's on everyone.. mariage is between a male and female, and like it or not GAY5 should not get special considerations for their descision to be GAY5. H0m0s3xuallaty is a descision..

    August 1, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
    • edweird69

      Too bad stupidity isn't a choice. Perhaps you would have chosen to be smart.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • Jake

      What is wrong with you? Try to think, please. You speak as if gay people are trying to force straight people to turn gay. Gay people aren't trying to force their reality on anyone, crazy religious people are trying to force their pathetic insane version of reality on others. Wake up and live.

      August 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
      • Info877

        You should Wake up.. what's wrong with you... You want to hurt anyone who doesn't believe like you... look at your "BoyCott" schedule on friday... That would hurt all chickfla's employee's and their famlies..
        BUT PEOPLE LIKE YOU DONT CARE about that.... What;s next... you want them out of business too???

        August 1, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
    • Veg-Fil-A

      Descisions, DeCISIONs – (spellcheck is a wonderful thing) Oh and by the way, I'm one of those GAYS (I believe there are a few more than just 5 of us) – no decision was made on my part just like you unless, of course, you DECIDED to be straight?

      August 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
  13. TINKER

    YOU OWN A RESTAURANT AND YOUR AN ATHEIST. GOD WALKS IN FOR LUNCH. DO YOU SERVE HIM?

    August 1, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • Veg-Fil-A

      GOD, party of 1, your table is ready.....

      August 1, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      Of course.

      Atheists and agnostics are not known for being selective, unlike their religious counterparts.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
    • edweird69

      I'd have him arrested for crimes against humanity.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
  14. Julie

    There is nothing wrong with having an opinion. There is nothing wrong with having morals. There is nothing wrong with deviating from what is acceptable. There is nothing wrong with standing for what you believe in. Note that whether you are gay or not, you will probably agree with these statements. Having said this, there is nothing wrong with Chic-Fil-A's stance on gay relationships. It is the Presidents perrogative to make a personal choice. It is his business. If you dont like how he conducts it, dont go there. You cant force someone to promote something they do not agree with. Be careful when you accuse someone of discrimination. To discriminate means to assess, examine, categorize.... TO discriminate between people is to actually acknowledge differences . It does not require that you agree with differences. Get over yourselves. Be open minded. Open minded means to accept that we have differences, not to necessarily agree with someone else, but to accept that we agree to disagree. Stop trying to make everyone conform to your mindset or to the idea that there is no differentiation between people. What a boring world that would be!

    August 1, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
    • saidso

      People seem to be more upset about the money chik donates to organizations that work against gay rights. It's good to know at any rate. What if you found out your favorite restaurant gave to the KKK? You wouldn't be angry? People have the right to get angry, boycott and talk about their opinion. I think it's fair to pass on this information as often as possible.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
      • ABarker

        If I found out my favorite restaurant supported the KKK, I wouldn't go there anymore. What they do with their money, their time, etc. is their business so long as it isn’t illegal. If I found out my favorite hairstylist liked to date little green men from Mars, I wouldn't go there. (mostly because that one’s kinda creepy) but what she does is her business. We are not asking you to stop being gay. We are not asking you to change. What you do is your business. What we are saying is that God created marriage to be between one man and one woman and we’re not going to sit back quietly while you try to change the definition. If you would like to invent your own form of legal union, that's fine. Most of us won't care and those that do are unimportant. But we will not change what WE believe just to suit YOUR beliefs.

        We don't hate you. As has been said here, we just disagree.

        August 1, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
        • Jay Stevens

          As long as we're just disagreeing, let's stop the forcing of religion upon people. Marriage, despite what you are implying, is in no way a uniquely christian thing. Buddhists get married. Hindi get married. Native peoples get married. All without concern or regard for your religion's opinion on their marriage. So too, I wager, do you get married without concern for their religion. Taking a civil issue and making it a religious imperative is straw man argument at best.

          August 2, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
  15. samkent122

    The CNN Editors Note is a flagrant, diabolical lie (to be expected). That is your enemy!

    August 1, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
  16. Veg-Fil-A

    I wonder what those people over at the local Burger Bag think?

    August 1, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
  17. bella

    Listen, everyone is free to express their opinions. If Cathy wants to say that, fine. He will get support, but he will have to be able to handle the consequences too.
    I, personally, think his opinion is totally screwed up. Don't bring God into everything! God doesn't support divorce, yet millions of Americans still do it, ignoring the bible. But when it works for them, suddenly: "God does not want this to be!" For God's sake (no pun intended,) THE BIBLE IS SOME OLD BOOK WITH UNKNOWN AUTHORS. Yes, God did not write it. Books simply don't fall from the sky.
    Can you help loving the opposite sex? Well, it's the same for Gays. And, anyway, do you ask permission for the entire state just so you can get married? Why do Gays have to if you don't? Its none of your business if they are legally married or not! It doesn't even effect you, so stop acting like it does!

    August 1, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
  18. Joe

    For the 18 millionth time, nobody cares what Dan Cathy thinks or says. It's a free country. He's free to say what he wants. He's free to practices his own religion as he wants. He's free to run his business as he wants. And all of us are free to patronize or not patronize as he wants.

    Freedom is a two way street though. Just as he's free to say what he wants, none of us are forced to agree with him. Starbucks, General Mills and Amazon ALL faced boycotts over their SUPPORT for gay marriage, and no one on either side was the slightest bit concerned about that. That is their freedom to do so.

    The issue is not his "support of traditional marriage", but his support of groups that actively seek to oppress gay people, be in actually by politicians by supporting bans on their freedoms or even by their death (groups that seek the death penalty for gay people in Africa). These are as inexcusable to some as if Dan Cathy gave a single cent to an abortion clinic.

    So yes, it's a free country, and no one is stopping him from saying anything. But freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences. In a free country, we must take responsibility for both our words and our actions.

    August 1, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
    • DXW

      Bravo, Joe!

      August 1, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
    • bella

      Thank you, Joe!

      August 1, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
    • Minerva from Los Angeles, CA

      You are wrong! I care. Even if I am the only one, which I am not. I CARE WHAT THAT LOUDMOUTH DAN CATHY SAYS!
      I am for equal rights, and E-Q-U-A-L does not spell O-N-L-Y US! Its means everyone. Yes it matters what people say. Because a vocal bigotted minority can, and in the past has, intimidated the silent majority. So we have to stop bigotry in speech with equally vocal speech and a call to arms. Boycott this offensive man and his products. Speak up! Sound off on the airwaves and online. Tweet, tweet, tweet! Hold picket signs up in front of his business, until he is silenced. There must never rise again those voices that make others cower and feel afraid. Those voices that bring out the worst in humankind, not the best. So, start to care what happens in your world or it will come home to haunt you in the end.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
      • George W. Bush

        Cheney and I are War Criminasl and I do agree with what Hussein Obama the prejudiced, race-baiter says... ALL Christians SUCK...

        August 1, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
    • Patricia

      Well said Joe!

      August 1, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
    • Ann Marie

      For the 18th million and first time – the issue is not whether or not someone has the personal right to boycott a business but whether government has the right to deny a business the right to exist based on government's opinion of what is politically correct which is exactly what Chicago was trying to do.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
      • she

        Exactly, the market will decide whether Chick-Fil-A stays in business there, or anywhere else (or opens new stores). If the majority are offended, CFA will go under.

        If it turns out that not enough people were offended enough to bring the company down on this issue, well then, it will continue doing business as usual.

        I would like to see some hard evidence from those stating that C-FA money firectly funds anti-gay programs. Not saying unequivically that it doesn't, just saying I am not aware of this and would like to see some facts relative to that

        August 1, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
  19. Marc

    Stop, this is not about free speech. It's about keeping Church and State seperate. I think there's an important document in Washington that keeps that..... I guess the Good Christians forgot about that.....

    August 1, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
  20. saidso

    If its about "breeding" then shouldn't we frown on people who get married without the intention or ability to have children? How about people with genetic based disabilities or just unattractive? How about people getting married in their old age? Or forcing them to divorce in their old age? Steven Hawking is married. Maybe we shouldn't have allowed THAT to happen. Or maybe, we should just mind our own business and let people live their own lives? That's a value I'm sure most Americans can actually appreciate. If people want to dictate other people's lives right down to which consenting adult they can marry, maybe we should care about whether or not they have guns, whether their home is their castle and all those other "values" conservatives seem to claim is no one's business. There can't be an argument about freedom until both parties actually start acting like they care about it.

    August 1, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
  21. Mary

    Who cares? They can voice their opinion of they want to. The Gay Rights Group voice their opinion so why can 't Mr. Cathy.People.....get a life. The only one we have to explain our choices to is God when we go to the gate of Heaven.
    I do not believe in Gay Marriage but that is my right but I really don't care what other people do...that is their business.

    August 1, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • Pepou27

      I don't eat that junk food to begin with. And since they are bigots in addition ....

      August 1, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
    • Joe

      Why do you hate gay people's freedom of speech? Why are you trying to silence gay people? No one is saying Dan Cathy can't say anyone, but apparently it's wrong when other people do???

      August 1, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • saidso

      So no one is allowed to say they disagree with you? If you don't want people to disagree with you, don't say anything at all. Easy. Already chik is regretting even starting the argument.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
    • electrolysisbymichele

      People aren't angry at Chick-Fil-A for having the opinion that homosexuality is wrong; they're boycotting the company because they don't want their money to go to support anti-homosexual organizations, which Chick-Fil-A donates to. Please have your facts right before you make erroneous insults towards a group of people.
      Sources:
      http://www.advocate.com/business/2012/07/02/chick-fil-donates-2-mil-antigay-groups
      http://www.slate.com/blogs/spitzer/2012/07/31/chick_fil_a_brawny_angel_soft_why_i_am_boycotting_the_chicken_restaurant_and_koch_brothers_products_.html

      August 1, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
  22. Marc

    I always wonder why these hate groups called Churches don't have to pay taxes. They take in so much money and use it against so many people. It's time to change that.

    August 1, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • Marc B

      Hey Marc, I'm Marc. Just wanna let you in on a little piece of world history. The last time someone tried to regulate religion, a bunch of Christians stockpiled a few guns and formed the United States. You're not on hometurf, buddy. Go back to England if you want state regulated religion. They can't even elect a Bishop without asking the Prime Minister for permission. Sounds like you'd be at home there.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
      • Nyonben

        Sounds like he said "churches should be taxed," not "churches should be run by the government." Quite an imagination you have there.

        August 1, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
        • Marc B

          Seek the word "regulation". Taxation falls under that. Quite the lack of imagination ya got there buddy.

          August 1, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
      • EnoughAlready

        Except a fair number of them (e.g. Jefferson) weren't christians.

        August 2, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
    • Marc B

      Lol...nice.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
    • Pepou27

      Yes, I agree. It's outrageous.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
    • bella

      Right on, Marc.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
    • Julie

      And I wonder why the government GIVES my tax money to fractoral segments of society that represent a sliver of the total population so they can use that money to run add campaigns to bash those who stand for their belief systems. Get over yourself. You do not understand the Christian religion if you think it is a hate group. But guess what, I will pray for you anyway.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
    • Cojak

      Churches do not get funded by Government...so all their money comes from the people that are part of the church.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
      • George W. Bush

        WRONG! Churches get their $$$ from donations, the art, jewelry, property they stole over the years, the banks they own, investments in Switzerland, etc. Just face the truth, ALL RELIGIONS ARE BUSINESSES and they simply avoid taxes by calling themselves a CHURCH!

        The Vatican has more gold than Fort Knox, they own more property than the entire USA Government… and yet we have massive poverty, everywhere…

        Just sayin’

        August 1, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
    • Patricia

      agree. tax them! they use that money for political purposes all the time without regard what all of the members think. Just a few people in power. Pharisees!

      August 1, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
  23. In God We Trust

    We have freedom of speech and religion !!!

    August 1, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
    • dsibb

      You're right, we do have freedom of speech and religion!! BUT, when religion takes a side it's called moralistic high ground, when someone takes a stance opposing religion it's called an attack on the church. Churches, religion, and their leaders have a severe double standard when it comes to free will. If YOUR free will agrees with the church (place denomination here), then you are are good guy. If your opinion disagrees with the SAME church, then you are an evil do'er (to quote a backwaters idiot). It's a matter of opinion that the non-church follower seem to get and those that preach equality and peace seem to miss. ironic.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
      • Julie

        Der- religion that is neutral is not a belief system, it would be a piece of card board. That is what some people want; a society totally devoid of opinion, thought, differentiation, morals, beliefs..... and if someone does have beliefs, they want them to hide in the closet and keep them to themselves rather than to practice those beliefs openly. What a brainless, thoughtless, cardboard society that would be.

        August 1, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
        • dsibb

          " a society totally devoid of opinion, thought, differentiation, morals, beliefs." oh you mean equal... yeah that would be bad, a place where everyone can be EQUAL huh... .

          August 1, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • Joe

      As well as freedom of choice, and if we don't want to have our money go to groups that fund oppression, we shouldn't have to! YAY FREEDOM!

      August 1, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
  24. SMS

    I really don't like Chick Fil A, but I'm tempted to go there, not in support of one side or the other, but in support of free speech and allowing people to have their own beliefs.

    August 1, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
    • Bob Guevara

      Careful SMS, you probably gonna be called a hater and bigot

      August 1, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
      • julibear

        who's suppressing who here? Its just a bunch of disrespect and dislike all the way around. The Southern Baptists are known to be bigoted, racist and insanely conservative, to the point of insisting on teaching children that myths are factual history and people hung out with dinosaurs. Gay people just want to be accepted for who they are and want the same rights as everyone else in America. Land of the Free, remember? Free to be gay, free to be religious. Who is suppressing whom?

        August 1, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
  25. Marc B

    I saw an interesting opinion earlier that I'd like to share:

    "If you stopped buying chicken because the restaurant owner took a stand for traditional marriage....are you also going to stop buying Gasoline because the owner of Opec executes gay people?"

    August 1, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
    • Joe

      Why would you do that? We get our gas from gay marriage lovin' Canada and gay marriage lovin' Mexico!

      August 1, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
      • bella

        aw, shut up. Sounds like you'll be going there

        August 1, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
  26. In God We Trust

    We have Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Speech in the U.S.!

    Chick-fil-A is a private company and could express their opinion freely, so shut up.
    PS! America is a Christian country and will always be. Same-sex marriage is not recognized according to the holy Bible.
    *******************************************

    August 1, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
  27. Marc B

    I saw an interesting opinion earlier that I'd like to share:

    "If you stopped buying chicken because the restaurant owner took a stand against gay marriage....are you also going to stop buying Gasoline because the owner of Opec executes homosexuals?"

    August 1, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
  28. Freedom Fighters

    I think this is exactly what the Founding Fathers were thinking when they thought up free speech. Great job Chick Fil A for standing up for God's law and Biblical Principles. The same principles that the Founding Fathers fought for.

    August 1, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • solex

      Actually, the founder's intent was NOT to have "God's" law interpreted as being the law of the land – which is the purpose of the first amendment.

      Your opinion that God exists is just that – an opinion. And opinions should NEVER be made into the law of the land.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • don in albuquerque

      Not a history major were you.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • jo an

      The Founding Fathers were about business not GAYS....the people in these lines are not there for chicken...they are there because they believe being Gay is a sin and many of them believe that being Gay is despicable....wonder how many of them have 'closet Gays' in their family or members who are being put to shame for who they are?

      August 1, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
    • David

      What is it with religeous types that makes them believe that lying through your teeth is a Christian value?? Our founding fathers did not base ANY of our founding documents on God, religion or any other hocus pocus. Or is it that they simply can't read??? Does CFA have aright to take a stance against Gay Marriage? Of course they do, this is America! Do gays have a right to marry? Of course they do thisis America and NO ONE has the right to "qualify" other Americans rights to pusue happiness in a way that tehy so choose. To say otherwise is your right since you have the right to be Anti-American.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
    • Joe

      "The Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion." Treaty of Tripoli, signed by the Founding Fathers

      August 1, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
    • julibear

      erm, no. They were thinking that the common man had the right to speak out against injustices perpetrated by those in authority. Such as your oppressed gay person vs the monolith known as the Southern Baptist Convention.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
    • George W. Bush

      Dah founding sisters were mostly deists and believed in many gods, some believed in none, and some thought Jesus was just a good philosophical person, a philosopher, if you will. Thomas Jefferson re-wrote the entire bible w/out all the miracles in it. Please do not confuse the psychotic ramblings of what your religion taught you with reality!

      August 1, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
  29. Ewwwwww

    Sodomites have this nation's leaders by the balls (probably in more ways than one...) I applaud Chick-Fil-A for standing up to the filthy sodomite juggernaut and spitting in its feces covered face.

    August 1, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • don in albuquerque

      Wow! Talk about nut balls R us.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
    • solex

      Nothing like a little holier-than-thou post protected by anonymity to prove that you certainly are not.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
    • Julie

      WOW! I am a Christian and I stand strong behind Chic-Fil-A for declaring their beliefs and standing firm on them without compromise in the face of pressure. Having said that, YOU are obviously the reason Christians get a bad name- your tone is full of hate. Christ calls us to love the person and hate the sin. He does not call us to spit all over them. What if he had done that to those he encountered? I believe that you may REALLY be a gay person posing as a Christian in order to "stir the pot". I believe your post is a "plant" to make Christians look bad. Didnt work with me. I know better.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
      • Ewwwwww

        You are a Bible ignoramus. The notion that Christ "hates the sin, loves the sinner" is a lie from Hell. Was Esau a person? What do you do with the following passages: Romans 9:13, Psalm 5:5, Malachi 1:3, Leviticus 20:23, etc. Does Christ love the people He sends to Hell?, and will He love them for all of eternity as they beg for mercy from the unquenchable flames of Hell? In this life, you are predestinated to be either Jacob or Esau - you sound like an Esau.

        August 1, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
        • dsibb

          And I ask you... who wrote this garbage? In what context? In what time period? In what frame of society? That's what's wrong with many 'fundamentalist types'... YOU believe exactly what's written without considering the context of the writings. When this was written the issues it portrayed were important and unknown. NOW, in the era of a little bit of reason (notice I said a little to appease these people), we know there are certain things that are born into people and certain things that are learned. Science, also known as compiled information (not theory), is showing homosexuality is a hard wired natural issue, not a 'gay-dom' choice used to irritate mommy and daddy. Read something else besides the bible, something a little more recent and FACTUAL; something corroborated with actual facts than that piece of POLITICAL (yes, political propaganda against the ROMANS) fiction. Do your research and get back to me.

          August 1, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
      • George W. Bush

        Christian do aGREAT job of making themselves look bad, they really don't need any help from an imaginary god or "plant."

        August 1, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
        • Abomination of Desolation

          You could use the help of a proofreader.

          August 1, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
  30. Wuce Brayne

    Today dear friends... I learned something. I learned that in the fight between gay marriage, hypocritical christians, intolerant liberals, and chicken sandwiches.... There can truly be only one winner. And that winner is...

    Batman.

    I pretty much think this entire thing is overblown and stupid, and redundant. So screw you guys...
    I'm going to watch Dark Knight Rises Again.

    August 1, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
    • Cat

      Honestly Wuce Brayne I completely agree it is overblown and stupid – enough already just let it go. I mean we would much rather read about Katie, Suri and Tom – NOT.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
  31. Bubba

    I respect Dan Cathy's right to his opinion. I don't agree with it but it is not my private company to run. I applaud your opinion and your willingness to contribute profits in the interest of achieving equality. I am neither gay, nor christian and Chick-fil-A can do whatever they please as long as it is legal. Doesn't mean I respect their feelings, more that I respect people can have those feelings. Personally, I'll vote with my wallet and never eat at a Chick-fil-A again. Were I local I would patronize your establishment without hesitation. Live and let live, people.

    August 1, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • Cat

      Right on Bubba!

      August 1, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • saidso

      Well, it was nice of him to say where he donates funds to so people who don't agree with him can eat somewhere else. The food there is tasty, but high on calories and that's the primary reason why I don't eat there.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
    • Buck

      What a coward, wont even use his real name. You have got to be one of them bible beaters from the south that interprets the bible as the law of the land.
      The real story here is the people that didn't show up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Of course the media cannot film them.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
    • George W. Bush

      Why would the quintessential CHICKEN eat CHICKEN... because they don't know any better!

      August 1, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
  32. rosa, b'ham al

    People have stances on gay marriage not companies. Oh yea I forgot, corporations are people.

    August 1, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
  33. don in albuquerque

    Ever had a "Chic-Fil-ET"? Overpriced and pretty tasteless. Put the catsup on the box with a lot of salt and you'll enjoy it more. Instead of falling in line with pseudo religion (yes you Huck baby, remember all the dead cops in Seattle?) why don't you check your bibles and see if they say King James Version, or KKK version.

    August 1, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
    • Julie

      and Christians are close minded, judgmental and hateful... Examine yourself. you are so prejudice against Christians. You obviously are not declaring a belief system or supporting a moral belief or conviction but rather a hate message. Congratulations, you just joined prejudice society. Christians , like any other religious group, are to be commended and admired for taking a stand in what they believe. Without the determination to weather the storm and the integrity to admit to it, the fiber of society would erode. We would be a whatever, whenever society. That could open the door to a good deal of perversions and deviations. Child abuse, the sex trade, rape.....

      August 1, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
  34. Mike S.

    Funny how liberals want to come out and claim Cathy and anyone who doesnt support same sex marriage is a bigot. It doesnt matter that they haven't said a word about banning anyone or personally attacked anyone or any group of people. It doesnt matter that they just stood there in line quietly and ordered their sandwich. How enlightened of you. I should become enlightened myself and decide to call anyone a bigot who doesn't share my opinion.

    August 1, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
  35. Marc

    How many Good Christians in those long lines have had a divorce or an abortion? They show up and say look at me, a good Christian. I'm not sure of anything other than love for everyone. So sad, all I saw today was a ton of hate. Sure we saw a ton of support for the Chick place today. What about the long run? No one likes hate......

    August 1, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • George W. Bush

      You are the TYPICAL CHRISTIAN... you hate EVERYTHING and are full of self-loathing; GREAT EXAMPLE YOU ARE!

      You & Julie should get together and create troglodytes...

      August 1, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
    • Buck

      The key word here is hate. You seem to be obsessed with it.

      August 1, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
  36. darchd

    I learned 2 things looking at MANY of the people in line for Chic-Fil-A:

    1. MANY of those people do not need to be eating there.
    2. MANY of the people have a very very very short memory of how they used to be treated by the same people.

    Just saying.....

    August 1, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
    • Mike S.

      You learned all that just by looking at their appearance huh?

      August 1, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
      • spokkerjones

        They judge by appearance when it is convenient for them.

        I also wonder if that poster will send a letter of apology to the fat acceptance movement. Hey, their ideology requires tolerance and sensitivity, not mine.

        August 1, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
  37. darchd

    Kind of a ridiculous situation. People protesting someone's bigoted opinion...so other people protest their opinion of the bigot by supporting the bigot and giving him money.

    Did I miss anything?

    August 1, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • Mike S.

      Yeah you did. He's not a bigot. He never once said anything against gay people or that he wants them out of his restaurants. He just made his stance known on the issue of same sex marriage.

      August 1, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • Debbie

      One man makes a statement about marriage between a man and a woman and all the gays get their panties in a wad. Show me two men or two women that can have sex and conceive a child WITHOUT going to a doctor for an implant or using anyone else as a surrogate. You can't do it! God said "be fruitful and multiply." Now if it's impossible for you to do that, why do you think it is OK for gays to get married? What purpose would your marriage serve? Read the first chapter of Romans in the New Testament. Pay attention if you believe in God. Being gay is a choice one makes. Mr. Cathy is a good man and God has surely blessed him today! Freedom of speech. Peaceful people went for their meals at CFA today. Gays are going there Friday to "kiss". It wouldn't surprise me a bit if there was a lot of fights.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
  38. Mike Buck

    Why does the company have "a stance" on Gay Marriage? I remember when Congressman Craig of Idaho had a stance on Gay Marriage. I believe he called it a "wide stance" after he was busted for sex in public.

    August 1, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
  39. WE Kurtz

    If gay people, like so many insane straight people, think that their relationships can be somehow strengthened by co-signing a piece of paper, why not let them?

    August 1, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
  40. BobInIrvine

    Everyone who thinks this is a regressive company: let's all show up to buy Chick-fil-A this Sunday.

    Oh, wait....

    August 1, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
  41. Paul

    Because America is a nation built on values - including freedom of expression, liberty, faith, and family - values much blood has been spilled to earn and protect. How odd that the liberal left would rally against a man (and his company) simply because they voice their opinion that they AGREE with the same values this nation has stood and fought for for hundreds of years to protect. I stand with Chick Fil A 100% ... I'm proud of their courage and strength. I'm disappointed and ashamed to be in a country which now ATTACKS people for holding the same values my ancestors died to protect. The vast majority of Americans STILL hold these values dear ... it's the few loud-mouths who can't tolerate the values and beliefs of others who disagree with them.

    August 1, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
    • larryb

      so maybe we should outlaw divorce to protect those "values" you hold so dear

      August 1, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
      • Allan

        Now theres a good idea, doesnt the Bible frown on DIVORCE

        August 1, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
      • Mike S.

        maybe we should. Then maybe people would take the institution seriously and kids wont grow up in broken homes or without a father or mother.

        August 1, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
      • John

        Love your suggestion. What about gluttony? Isn't the bible pretty explicit about how God feels about Gluttony?

        August 1, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
      • Joe

        It's far easier to blame it on "da gays"!

        August 1, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
      • David

        Why do religious nut jobs always lie so much???? Many of my family memebers have been in the service and I've heard a LOT of stories about this and that but NEVER have I heard one of them say they fought to deny Gays the rigth to the pursuit of happiness. These liesmake one want to vomit. The "people" (Republicans) somehow believe that the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence was written ONLY for straight-white-men. That notion alone should make any real American loathe the party.

        August 1, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • exlonghorn

      Yep, those same great values including slavery, gender discrimination, race discrimination. Wow, you're not very evolved.

      August 1, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
    • darchd

      Paul, your ancestors came to this country to leave a place that did not allow them to worship as they wished...and when they arrived, they slaughtered its native habitants b/c they didn't believe in what they did.

      I am glad that makes you proud.

      August 1, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
      • Paul

        Sorry, my bad .... I thought those were YOUR ancenstors

        August 1, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
    • Mike S.

      @exlonghorn – evolved? really? if you think this country is so bad, go try living somewhere that truly doesnt believe in civil rights or freedom of speech. You'll be on the first plane back...guaranteed. Cathy never said he wouldnt serve gay people or hated them or wanted to create an environment in his restaurants free of them. He only stated his own stance on same sex marriage. This isnt oppression or bigotry. Its his opinion that is his right per the constitution.

      August 1, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • Debbie

      I agree with you 100% Paul!

      August 1, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • Paul

      I'm NOT anti-gay ... and I'm not anti-gay marriage. But I'm against ANY people who want to shut down a restaurant chain simply because the owner doesn't agree with their beliefs, especially when the restaurant owner's values align with the vast majority of Americans.

      August 1, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
      • larryb

        oh well then I'm sure debbie doesn't agree 100%

        August 1, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
      • jo an

        I am not against C F because they are 'against Gay Marriage'....the people who are weighing in to support them are saying the most despicable remarks about 'being Gay'....GAY MARRIAGE is the tip of the iceberg....

        August 1, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
      • saidso

        Meh. If someone decides they don't share a business's "values" and decide to take their business somewhere else, that's hardly anti-capitalism.

        August 1, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
    • Liz the First

      Hate is NOT a value! if you on the 'right' are so into freedom and liberty, how about respecting people's liberty to be the way they were born and their freedom to marry the person they love?? oh, right, you only believe in the freedom to do what you think is right, not what anyone else thinks is right. what hypocrites the 'right' are.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
    • Sean

      Paul, no. Just. No. You are so misguided it's actually sort of funny. It's interesting that the first two values you're defending are freedom of expression and liberty, and the last is family, and then you make some kind of convoluted argument about how people have died in war defending these ambiguous ideals. The other that you mentioned is, of course, faith, which is another of our liberties. We all have the freedom to follow (or not follow) whichever religion we want, which means Christian "values" are not required of every American. By the way, where in the Bible did Jesus say anything about gays? Oh yeah, it was nowhere. I also hope you've never eaten shellfish, because if you have, then you should be killed. Or is that one of those silly admissible rules that we overlook because it's clearly absurd and antiquated?

      But I digress. What you've done is presented the exact argument for why gay marriage is not a concern of yours. Americans believe in liberty, which means the government and/or bigoted morons should not interfere with matters that don't concern them; freedom of expression–this one seems pretty obvious, but you're pretty narrow-minded so I'll elaborate–which gives one the freedom to be who and what they want to be, again without governmental or idiotic intervention; family, which is a partnership of love and unity; and, of course, as you so eloquently stated, faith, which means the right to believe in anything one damn-well pleases, instead of being forced into conforming with some sort of national religion. So, congratulations. You've presented a perfect case for gay marriage. Thanks for that. I'm glad you're finally coming around.

      Oh, and also, your ancestors were clearly ignorant too. That's why this country had that little period known as slavery. And the whole civil war. And that's why black men couldn't vote until 1920, and all women couldn't until 1921, and that whole segregation thing. Remember that? And the civil rights movement. And, who could forget how miscegenation was still an issue in the 20th century but it was cool to marry your first cousin in most states (still more available than gay marriage)?

      Lastly, your assertion that the "vast majority" of Americans are still as misguided as you is both offensive and just plain wrong. Studies show that, as of late 2010, more Americans support gay marriage than oppose it, and that trend is only growing. Look it up if you don't believe me.

      Turns out that a "few loud-mouths who can't tolerate the values and beliefs of others who disagree with them" is a tragically fitting way to end your port. Who'd have known you'd turn into such a gay rights activist?

      August 1, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
  42. Gordon

    When is Mr Cathy going to come out and say that he believes divorce and adultery are wrong. When are ALL the christians going to say they hate divorce? God hates those things too, doesn't he?

    August 1, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
    • BobInIrvine

      Now you've done it: speaking logically. Anathema to the ignorant.

      August 1, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • Woot

      Christians have been speaking out against divorce and the fact that it is running rampant in this country. That just doesn't make the media's special interest. True Christians are against divorce and are appalled at the divorce rates not just in our country but more predominantly in our churches.

      August 1, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
      • Mike Buck

        Christians like Newt Gingrich.

        August 1, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
        • Woot

          Nice general conclusion you've made there about all Christians. I suppose I can safely assume that all those who are gay are into hard-core pornography because some of them are? Or that all gays are pedophiles because Jerry Sandusky was? Clearly this is not the case. Neither is it the case that all Christians support Newt Gingrich. Any man who disregards his family in that way without any signs of regret/repentance is not earning my vote either.

          August 1, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
    • Mike S.

      Christians have been. Unfortunately, society at large has accepted divorce and adultry. It's not news when a minister rants on it for the 1 billionth time. Its only news when one picks a politically correct hot-button topic like same-sex marriage.

      August 1, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • Gloria

      He already has. Guess you didn't catch the part where he said that he is married to his first and only wife. Also these so-called hate groups he donates to are against divorce and have family counseling seminars to keep families together.

      August 1, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • vandel

      Have you heard a christian say thye like those things? I haven't

      August 1, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
  43. Dino S.

    As one wise person put it, gay and lesbian teenagers commit suicide all the time because of all the hateful things said about them publicly. Is any 15 year old going to take their own life because they can't go to a Chick-fil-A in Boston or Chicago?

    August 1, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
  44. Robert

    I'm 100% for Gay marriage. Why shouldn't they be miserable like the rest of us!

    August 1, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
  45. BFOTO

    Tolerance is a two way street. Apparently that is something that both sides of this "debate" are forgetting.

    August 1, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
    • larryb

      that is easy to say for someone who has not been hated just for how they were born....

      August 1, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
      • Nichole Jackson

        I do know how it feels...being a black woman in the south I have seen the face for those who judge me by the color of my skin but my God calls me to love them in spite of their hate which also means I cannot agree with same-sex marriage. BUT again my God calls me to love them as well. I believe gays and lesbians have human rights that no one should infringe upon but I also have the right to disagree respectfully with their choice of lifestyle.

        August 1, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
  46. Pete

    Personally, if I was a gay man, I'd be organizing to flood all CFA franchises with gay customers. Standing in line, in your face gays packing the place (no pun intended) till it got a reputation as a gay, lesbian, transgender hangout. That would be a great practical joke and a classy way to turn the tables on the bible thumpers. But then I have an evil sense of humor!

    August 1, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • tokencode

      I had suggested the exact same thing, gay people should stand in line and hold hands. Apply for jobs, they can't be discriminated against.

      "Heeeyyyy, Welcome to Chick-Fil-AAAaaaaa"

      August 1, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
    • Liz the First

      Brilliant!

      August 1, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
    • SixDegrees

      It's Friday. Gays are being encourage to visit their local CFA and engage in PDAs while there.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • Luis

      That's a great idea! True Christians will love them and embrace them and preach the gospel to them. Then they will follow Jesus when they realize how good and loving He really is.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
    • CDog

      Great idea! And then bible thumpers could go to gay bars and read scripture out loud all night. Civility and respect for all!

      August 1, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
  47. Dino S.

    Suppose Chick-fil-A was against Inter-racial marriage or against Marriage between Jews and Gentiles? Would that be just free speech? Just asking?

    August 1, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
    • solex

      Opinions are opinions. They just should not be the law of the land.

      August 1, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • Paul

      Or a better analogy might be people who love and want to marry their dog, cat, or horse ..... or multiple partners, or children, or teens, or whatever. Many are attracted to children ... and BORN with that desire, so perhaps we should legalize that as well to keep everyone happy??????

      August 1, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
      • Mike Buck

        A False analogy.

        August 1, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
        • Luis

          How so? It follows the same logic.

          August 1, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
      • darchd

        Wow, so you are one of those nice people who consider homosexuality in the same catagory as pedophilia?

        Man...is your god gonna have a fun time judging you for thinking that way of one of his children.

        August 1, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
      • David

        Good idea Paul, because we all know that, just like adults, children, cats, and dogs are legally allowed to enter into legal contracts.

        Frankly, the comparison to inter-racial marriage is perfect. That fight was only 50 years ago, so if you want to argue "traditional", then you have to exclude inter-racial. And some Christian groups still reject it, along with gay marriage.

        August 1, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
        • Luis

          Biblical is more accurate, not traditional. There are plenty of interracial marriages in the Bible but not a single gay marriage.

          August 1, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
      • Mik

        False equivalence logical fallacy. May want to look into it.

        I'll give you a head start: What you're saying is no different then saying, "Geez we gave black people the right to vote, what next...dogs and cats?" It assumes from the outset that giving Black people the right to vote would be as silly as giving dogs and cats the right to vote, and equates the two.

        You equate homosexuality with besitality and child abuse because all involve a form of sexual gratification you disaprove of. Doesn't make them equivalent, it just makes you an illogical bigot.

        August 1, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
      • Liz the First

        That's the same tired, ridiculous argument that's been trotted out against gay people wanting to marry for years. it didn't make any sense then and still doesn't. civil marriage should be open to two people over the age of consent who are not closely related. period! and i absolutely respect the rights of churches to deny 'holy matrimony' to folks they don't want to marry. but this is not a theocracy so the government has no business discriminating in that way.

        August 1, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
        • Pepou27

          Very well said.

          August 1, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
      • larryb

        wow...wasn't your last comment that you are not anti gay or anti gay marriage???? and the you pull this ridiculous and baseless bestiality comment out? sure, you are not antigay

        August 1, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
  48. solex

    Although I know that most think that the conservatives are basing their objections because of religious beliefs, the MAIN reason why they are against such things is that without marriage, gays will not receive the same RIGHTS an BENEFITS that straight couples have – and there are too many to even go into here.

    Believe me when I say that Gay people could care less what the CEO of Chick-Fil-A or anyone else thinks of them or their lifestyle PERSONALLY. It is the removal of public rights and access that bothers them, and I for one completely agree with them.

    The only question we should ask ourselves when it comes to Gay people wanting to marry is WHO CARES?

    August 1, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
    • darchd

      Solex, don't you see?

      If you let gays marry, then the marriages of people like Kim Kardashian and Britney Spears would be less special.

      You know, gotta preserve the sanctity of marriage and that 50%+ divorce rate.

      August 1, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
  49. Kitty

    Power blip. To continue: Our government should be focusing on those issues that affect the nation as a whole, not wasting time and tax payer money dealing with personal, individual sexual preferences, a woman's right to discuss options for her own body with her physician and family, athletes taking steroids, local law enforcement handling of crime in their jurisdiction, and the list (so far as a national government is concerned) goes on and on. Reminds one of that commercial for stomach acid – doctor should not be running a jack hammer and worker should not do his own diagnosing. The First Amendment is the only issue in the Chic-Fil-A debaucle and the only reason the media is beating it to death is because of the mental bent of the media. Odd that the only time a liberal concedes to the right of free speech is when they agree with what is being said.

    August 1, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
  50. Steve Wiegand

    Where did that picture of a chicken sandwich come from? Not Chick-Fil-A for sure............

    August 1, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
    • David

      My guess would be that it came from the restaurant that the story is about.

      August 1, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
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