Same-Sex Couples Stage ‘Kiss-Ins’ at Chick-fil-A Restaurants Across the Country

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Eduardo Cisneros (L) and Luke Montgomery kiss in front of a Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant in Hollywood as Christian activist Alicia Daberkow (R) reads passages from the Bible on August 3, 2012 in Hollywood, California. Gays and lesbians puckered up in protest Friday, staging "kiss-ins" outside Chick-fil-A outlets across the United States over the fast food chain's opposition to same-sex marriage.

Gay couples embraced at Chick-fil-As across the country Friday at 8 p.m. Eastern time in protest of president Dan Cathy’s belief in “the biblical definition of the family unit.” The PDA protests came just two days after what former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee declared to be “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,” during which thousands patronized Chick-fil-A restaurants to demonstrate their opposition to same-sex marriage. Chick-fil-A broke a single-day sales record Wednesday.

Turnout was fairly underwhelming across the country, especially compared to the success of the week’s earlier protests. In Decatur, Ga., near the company’s headquarters, about two dozen protesters gathered, the New York Times reports. They waved signs with slogans like “We’re here, we’re queer, and we’re not eating,” and “Eat Mor Equality.” In Orlando, turnout was also low, with around a dozen protesters gathering at a Chik-fil-A outpost to wave rainbow flags and chant slogans.

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Plans for the kiss-ins were created on a Facebook event, which had more than 14,000 people listed as “Going” as of Saturday afternoon. The event site reads:

“In honor of their support for love, equality, and the real definition of family, we’re holding a NATIONAL Same Sex Kiss Day at Chick Fil A’s around the country. So grab a friend (or 20) and head out to your nearest Chick Fil A! And don’t forget to post photos/videos of it here! For all the world to see!

We would also like to clarify that this event was NOT created as a response to Mike Huckabee’s appreciation day, this event was created on July 19, several days before Mike Huckabee announced his plans for Wednesday August 1.”

When asked about the kiss-in on Thursday, Huckabee said, “More power to them.”

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But Huckabee’s followers are done voicing their opinions on the matter. In response to the kiss-in, conservative non-profit group Founders’ Intent asked attendees of Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day to send their receipts and empty fast food bags to Boston Mayor Tom Menino and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday. Both mayors said they would support a move to block the chains in their cities. “Stand up to government executives discriminating against private enterprise for the views of private individuals,” the Wisconsin-based group urged on a Facebook event page.

Before the scheduled kiss-ins, a Torrence, CA Chick-fil-A was graffiti-ed with a cow and the phrase “Tastes like Hate,” according to NBC Los Angeles. The police are investigating the crime; it’s unclear whether it was related to the kiss-in event.

Amid the protests, Chick-fil-A released the latest in a series of statements dealing with the controversy:

“At Chick-fil-A, we appreciate all of our customers and are glad to serve them at any time. Our goal is simple: to provide great good, genuine hospitality and to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with Chick-fil-A.”

Though most Chick-fil-A restaurants saw mere dozens of kissers turn out, the organizers deemed the event a “HUGE success” and posted photos on their Facebook page.

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81 comments
MarketingThinkUp
MarketingThinkUp

"While they're eating chicken, we're making a difference!" I wanted to share a new website that is asking people to donate the cost of a burger (or chicken sandwich) from their online (fictitious) restaurant BurgerRiot.  By selecting from the "Donation Menu" you can donate the price of various menu items to support marriage equality.        

The website is: http://burgerriot.com/

MaryWaterton
MaryWaterton

Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day set nationwide sales records for the company. The resounding success of the Chick-fil-A "eat in" and the miserable failure of the homosexual "kiss in" proves what I've been saying all along ... that the support for "homosexual marriage" is not nearly so deep and wide as the lying liberal news media has been saying.

That's why in states where the citizens were ALLOWED to vote on a constitutional amendment banning "homosexual marriage" the amendment passed easily ... 31 states so far with 0 defeats, including ultra-liberal California! The only states where it's legal are those states where it was FORCED on the citizens by a liberal democrat activist judge or a liberal democrat activist legislature.

Jupiter C.
Jupiter C.

Time is biased against any view which doesn't agree with a politically liberal gay agenda.  This coddling of the gay mafia makes me sick.  Gay rights has gone from legit protests amp; efforts to change society's traditional views on the topic to bullying businesses that don't discriminate against them.  

This actually is a matter of free speech amp; there will be push back.  If you're gay, you don't automatically have to follow (like sheep) the political liberals.  Please remember that there are just as many bigots that are Democrats out there.  I know that for an absolute fact.

We're all Americans amp; just because the law doesn't allow people to do something doesn't mean it's discriminating against you amp; that nice neighbor down the street may not agree either.  Figure it out instead of just being thoughtless.

Ideologies of entitlement are wrong for America.

Jupiter C.
Jupiter C.

Shame on the gays that participated in this.  Turning a private matter into a circus.  Hoping to offend does NOT further an agenda.  Purposeful displays like this only makes people think you're repulsive.

Shame on your hypocritical behavior, bullying people when you were previously bullied.

AND to top it off, the whole kiss in thing was a bust amp; Time didn't focus on that aspect of the precious thing.

noseitall
noseitall

Just don't get between me and the food. Know what I mean, Vern?

Harry Larry
Harry Larry

Gay rights is civil rights. Please READ THE 13TH AND 14TH AMENDMENT. IT APPLIES TO EVERYONE. 

66 Biker
66 Biker

I am always amused by people who make a big noise about gays. A lot of them have dirty little secrets that they don't want anyone to know about, yet they make a big fuss about people who are honest and open about what they do.

Patricia Brown-Coleman
Patricia Brown-Coleman

Freedom of speech that's what is all comes down too, no one on this God's green earth is going to take it away from me!  Just as the President of Chick-Fil-A said he believes in the traditional family.  I believe the same so how dare someone tell me, that I don't have the right to my own opinion!  Just as the old skool said it back in the day, some people are dumber then a box rocks and have slip and bump there head because they have lost there mind.  This entire situation has been blown out of control because an (OPINION)! Power the people and stand up be heard! 

Harry Larry
Harry Larry

    THIS IS NOT A FREE SPEECH ISSUE. THIS IS A CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE. If this

was instead said about Jews or black people you would be crying racism. You have merely showed your true colors as a two-faced individual.

noseitall
noseitall

Can't it be BOTH a free speech issue and a civil rights issue? Who says they are mutually exclusive?

Harry Larry
Harry Larry

   THIS IS NOT A FREE SPEECH ISSUE. THIS IS A CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE. If this

was instead said about Jews or black people you would be crying racism

or Nazi. You have merely showed your true colors as a two-faced individual.

Harry Larry
Harry Larry

  THIS IS NOT A FREE SPEECH ISSUE. THIS IS A CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE. If this

was instead said about Jews or black people you would be crying racism

or Nazi. You have merely showed your true colors as a two-faced coward.

Harry Larry
Harry Larry

 THIS IS NOT A FREE SPEECH ISSUE. THIS IS A CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE. If this was instead said about Jews or black people you would be crying racism or Nazi. You have merely showed your true colors as a two-faced boob.

Harry Larry
Harry Larry

 yeah and as I have said before if this was said about Jews or Black people instead of the gays people like you would be crying Nazi or racism so you are just a two faced idiot. This isn't free speech issue. THIS IS A CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE.

John Dillinger
John Dillinger

why dont homosexuals protest gas companies,since they get their oil from saudi arabia?

they kill homosexuals over there with rocks.

they dont even give them 50 feet,either

noseitall
noseitall

Well, Obama is big on mandates, like the health care mandate. So now he's pushing Man-Dates at restaurants. No surprise there.

jb1111
jb1111

I really lie your "CIVIL TIGHTS ", almchrl.

Cute slip of the Tongue or is it the Keys ??

I guess we both are suffering from the same disease.

I am having trouble understanding you also.

Buzdad
Buzdad

From the Huffington Post (unimpeachable liberal authority):

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

It would appear that the donations in question are to groups which promote traditional marriage values. The "anti-gay" sentiment was generated by those viewing the world throught a liberal prism, who feel that if you do not support us, you must hate us. Of course, that is their modus operandi. There is no discrimination by Chick Fil A or by its employees. Mr Cathy made a statement that he believes traditional marriage is a better way and worth supporting.

Terry Lee Roe
Terry Lee Roe

Let me ask you all something.

If the CEO of McDonald's Restaurants, said he was a Christian  does that mean EVERY Atheist in the Country would protest at his Restaurants?IF any CEO of ANY CHAIN,,came forth stating they were just jointly married in  a SAME- SEX  MARRIAGE,,,would THAT then mean that EVERY HETEROSEXUAL in the Country should then PROTEST THEIR CHAINS?

EVERYONE should be ENTITLED TO THEIR OWN PERSONAL OPINIONS!SEE-----------------THATS why they refer to THAT, as THEIR,PERSONAL OPINION!

Mariana225
Mariana225

I hear the footsteps of the 'thought police' coming our way.

Mariana225
Mariana225

Has anyone in the homosexual community ever heard of something called a 'deed'?  Anyone can transfer his property to whomever he/she choses.  The survivor of a jointly held checking  or savings account has sole ownership of whatever is in it.  The owner of a life insurance policy has the right to name whomever he choses as beneficiary, and the same goes for a retirement account.  I am not a lawyer, but going by my experience dealing with the death of various relatives and their wills, anyone can do whatever he/she wishes with his assets, regardless of kinship.

Mariana225
Mariana225

If the activists of the gay rights movement had come out in defense of free speech, their cause would be more legitimate; however, they completely missed the point because FREEDOM is not part of their cause.  Their cause hinges on imposing their values on society at the expense of any opposing values. They missed the train.

Mariana225
Mariana225

Can we please see an aerial shot of the hundreds or at least dozens or at least half a dozen couples? It looks to me as if the VAST majority of the average homosexual couples had enough common sense to know that this 'kiss-in' was a very, very, very bad idea. Well, I think we all have something in common, regardless of the difference in sexual preferences: their leaders are as out of touch with the 'average citizen' as any other group.

Mike Kraft Editor
Mike Kraft Editor

So, no lines, no crowds and no turnout. Not a comment from OBAMA either, once again when there are votes to be lost in swing states, he CLAMS up.....leading from behind, what a hero to the gays.

Meanwhile, hundreds of ChikfilA's ran out of food on Wednesday with lines 100+ people long supporting freedom to ones opinion. The same freedom these gay "activists" want. Liberals love free speech, until they disagree with it, then thaT PERSON IS A BIGOT.they staged these pathietic "crowds" of 12 people? at select locations they could all plan to meet up. NOT IN ONE SINGLE location nationwide did the "protestors" outnumber families just there to eat. Yet another FAIL by those who pretend to represent America, but are the last to realize THEY ARE the 10% kooks whos egos lead them to believe they are right in forcing their far left ideals on the world.Again, FAIL, CHIKFILA had more staff in each location than protestors, and frankly if you think you can sit in a booth and not eat....you need to get tossed out on your ass. The left, TRYING to get a reaction instead of actually having a point.